how Do we answer the call for our communities ?

WE Protect Wildlife

The East Coast Zoological Society (ECZS) began its mission to protect wildlife and their habitats in 1986, first spearheading the effort with community leaders and thousands of volunteers to build Brevard Zoo, which opened in 1994. More than 16,000 people—from business owners and engineers to tradespeople and retirees—contributed their time and talents to build what is now one of the country’s largest independent zoos.

we help wildlife and people thrive

For three decades we have not wavered in our mission to stand up for the interconnected fates of people, animals and habitats – it is imperative we find solutions to thrive successfully, together. We do this work because it matters, not just to our local region, but to the world. Each time we are given a challenge, we know we must answer the call.

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Recognized as one of the most highly respected animal wellness programs in the nation
Setting best practices in education, conservation and sustainability
Rehabilitating sea turtles and returning them to their natural range
Restoring water quality in the Indian River Lagoon by building shorelines with oysters, mangroves and clam beds, as well as planting seagrass.
Breeding endangered Perdido Key Beach Mice and returning them to their natural range
Giving a home to orphaned wildlife

Benefits of a Second Campus

A second campus sitting directly on the shoreline of the Banana River at Port Canaveral will further expand our conservation initiatives, preserve environments through long-term restoration projects, protect wildlife, engage Central Florida’s communities in advocating for clean water and deepen our partnerships to support science literacy.

OUr mission initiatives

Animal Wellness



You are essential to Our Legacy

This campaign is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to accelerate the positive impact of the East Coast Zoological Society’s work through Brevard Zoo and the future Aquarium and Conservation Center.