How will the aquarium answer the call

for marine conservation

ECZS’s future second campus, situated on 14-acres along the shoreline of the Banana River in Port Canaveral, FL, will leverage the beauty and benefits of natural Florida in an indoor/outdoor visitor experience. Brevard Zoo is living proof that bold ideas – shared among a community and paired with action – can create extraordinary results.
Through the Aquarium and Conservation Center, we will:

HELP THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON 

Fund Restoration and Research Projects (estimated to be $500,000 annually) across the entire length of the lagoon and will become one of the largest funders of the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program (IRLNEP) by dedicating a percentage of every paid aquarium admission directly to IRL conservation.

EDUCATION

Educate over half a million guests per year on environmental action through reducing ocean plastics, supporting sustainable fishing, lessening our impact on the lagoon with simple, easy, everyday changes to how we live – becoming more aware of waterway conservation. 

SCIENCE AND RESEARCH

Facilitate multi-institutional research projects and offer hands-on science-in-action programs to educate visitors on real-time water quality monitoring and management.

IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES

Get up-close to our aquatic ecosystems through canoe/kayak excursions and hands-on activities that will engage visitors in the thrill of science, adventure and exploration. 

ANIMAL WELLNESS

Continue our legacy of best-possible care for our aquatic ambassadors including latest veterinary technologies, enrichment and training as well as an expansion of facilities for rehabilitation. 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

The Aquarium Coastal Conservation Center will become a place for coordinating and facilitating restoration, research and education efforts across the region. 

REHABILITATION SERVICES

An expanded facility will allow us to rehab and release more of these animals such as sea turtles and manatees, needing critical care with new treatment centers visible to the public and closer to the ocean. 

ATTRACT VALUABLE HUMAN CAPITAL 

We are literally the world’s launching pad to space and we need to protect our quality of life and unique waterways to attract the next generation of engineers and inventors.

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“The Aquarium Project is one of the only projects proposed for the Indian River Lagoon that will be truly transformational. Building species recovery and habitat restoration capacity is an essential precursor to implement the full-scale restoration work needed to recover this estuary of national significance.”

-Duane De Freese, PHD
Executive Director, Indian River Lagoon Council and Indian River Lagoon National Estuary

multiplying our economic impact

By maintaining healthy waterways, we sustain our recreational lifestyle, protect property values, and safeguard tourism. In addition to Brevard Zoo, the second campus will attract and retain a high-talent, high-wage workforce to the East Coast of Florida. The Aquarium and Conservation Center will also allow us to build additional research and innovation partnerships in the region. 

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MORE THAN

1
GUEST VISITS
EACH YEAR

CONTRIBUTING

$ 1 M
ANNUAL
ECONOMIC IMPACT

SUPPORTING

1
JOBS IN
THE REGION

MORE THAN

1
GUEST VISITS
EACH YEAR

CONTRIBUTING

$ 1 M+
ANNUAL
ECONOMIC IMPACT

SUPPORTING

1
JOBS IN
THE REGION

Commit to the Future Help Us Grow

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a world-class Aquarium and Conservation Center on the East Coast of Florida that will further engage the region and serve as a second campus for estuary restoration, stewardship and conservation.