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.
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 lagoon and 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.
TRANSFORM ENVIRONMENTAL 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.
FACILITATE 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.
PROVIDE 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.
EXCEED ANIMAL WELLNESS STANDARDS
Continue our legacy of excellent care for our aquatic ambassadors including the latest veterinary technologies, enrichment and training as well as an expansion of facilities for rehabilitation.
ENGAGE OUR COMMUNITIES
Mobilize, coordinate and facilitate restoration, research and education efforts across the region.
Rehabilitate and release iconic Florida species such as sea turtles and manatees and provide critical care with new treatment centers visible to the public and closer to the ocean.
ATTRACT VALUABLE HUMAN CAPITAL
Protect our quality of life and unique waterways to attract the next generation of engineers and inventors to the world’s launching pad to space.
“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 Program
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.