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Girl Scouts of West Central Florida Accepts The Florida Aquarium “Skip the Straw Challenge”

Tampa, FL., - The Florida Aquarium announced today that the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (GSWCF) has accepted The Florida Aquarium “Skip the Straw” challenge, an effort to reduce the use of plastic straws and single-use plastics. The Florida Aquarium and the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida also announced the intent to create a Girl Scout challenge patch centered around environmental and wildlife conservation. Almost 9 million U.S. tons of plastic enters the ocean from... Read More
at Thursday, Dec 13

Florida Aquarium Launches 'Skip the Straw' Challenge

Tampa, FL. , - The Florida Aquarium today hosted a campaign kickoff for the “Skip the Straw" Challenge bringing together government officials, business and community leaders, restauranteurs, and regional leaders in sports and entertainment in an effort to reduce the use of plastic straws and single-use plastics. Almost 9 million U.S. tons of plastic enters the ocean from land every year. At its current pace, the volume of plastic flowing from land to sea is expected to double... Read More
at Thursday, Dec 6

The Florida Aquarium's Marine Rescue and Rehab Efforts Expanding, Florida Blue Grant to Support Healthy Marine Ecosystems

Tampa, FL – The Florida Aquarium will be able to expand its animal rescue and rehabilitation efforts thanks to a grant from Florida Blue. The grant will support The Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response Team, which focuses on protecting and restoring endangered marine life to create a healthier, natural environment and healthy planet. “Our mission is to help people and communities achieve better health, and a healthy environment and ecosystem are essential to the overall... Read More
at Friday, Oct 19

The Florida Aquarium Renews Historic Partnership with Cuba to Protect Coral Reefs

Tampa, FL  – The Florida Aquarium has signed another historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Acuario Nacional de Cuba (National Aquarium of Cuba) which focuses on coral reef protection and restoration.  The partnership, which started in 2015, is the only official agreement between the Acuario Nacional de Cuba and any aquarium or AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) institute in the United States.   The ratification of the MOU was signed this week in... Read More
at Wednesday, Oct 17

The Florida Aquarium Honors Thom Stork's Legacy with Commemorative Art Sculpture

TAMPA, Fla – The Florida Aquarium unveiled a one-of-a-kind art sculpture today to honor former Aquarium Executive Director and CEO Thom Stork.  The 7-foot tall stainless steel sculpture features a life size stork wearing a bowtie, a Thom Stork trademark. Award-winning artist Yeins (James) Gomez was commissioned to create a sculpture that captured Stork’s personality along with his passion for children. “Thom Stork was an icon in the Tampa Bay community.  He... Read More
at Wednesday, Oct 10

The Florida Aquarium Opens Waves of Wonder Gallery Featuring Heart of the Sea Exhibit

Tampa, FL  - The Florida Aquarium is unveiling its new Waves of Wonder gallery, featuring a variety of mesmerizing animals including blue blubber jellyfish, a giant Pacific octopus, clownfish and king crabs. The focal point of the gallery is the 100,000-gallon Heart of the Sea exhibit which has stunning views of more than 400 animals.   Heart of the Sea is the Aquarium’s second largest exhibit.  Through the use of multi-camera interactive technology, live programs,... Read More
at Thursday, Oct 4

Florida Aquarium Uses Prosthetics to Save Rare Leafy Seadragons

Near-threatened species couldn’t stay upright due to developmental issue, gets first-of-its-kind prosthetic device to survive Tampa, FL.  August 23, 2018 —Three rare leafy seadragons have been saved thanks to the inventive work of a Florida Aquarium Veterinarian. Dr. Ari Fustukjian handcrafted special prosthetic devices to keep three leafy seadragons alive after realizing the animals had swim bladder problems.     The leafy... Read More
at Friday, Aug 24

Fifth Third Bank Matches $20,000 in Donations to The Florida Aquarium

Tampa, FL. August 16, 2018  - At The Florida Aquarium's Board of Directors meeting today, Fifth Third Bank Tampa Bay City President Jim Weiss presented Aquarium President and CEO Roger Germann with a check to match $20,000 of donations received for the Aquarium’s spring fundraising appeal. In April, The Florida Aquarium announced that Fifth Third Bank would generously match up to $20,000 in donations to the Aquarium’s spring fundraising appeal, and the full match... Read More

Scientists Return from a Mission to Save Coral Reefs in the Florida Keys

Tampa, Fl. August 9, 2018  - A team of Florida Aquarium scientists and divers just returned after spending 15 days in the Florida Keys for a coral spawn. The team collected 150,000 coral gametes (coral eggs and sperm) during the coral spawn that only happens once a year after a full moon. The team fertilized the eggs and then released thousands back into the wild. The remaining fertilized eggs, or embryos, are being distributed to The Florida Aquarium Center for Conservation, Georgia... Read More
at Thursday, Aug 9

Margo Wolanin Named Chief Development Officer at The Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium is excited to announce the appointment of Margo J. Wolanin to the position of Chief Development Officer. Wolanin brings a wealth of fundraising and capital campaign experience, as well as a proven track record of developing and leading teams to achieve organizational success.   “We are excited to have an executive with Margo’s fundraising expertise and relationship-building and leadership experience to strategically lead our philanthropic efforts that... Read More
at Tuesday, Jul 17