The Outer Banks Voice – Money donated to facilities that care for endangered species during COVID


The Roanoke Aquarium received $123,000 in federal funds

By Outer Banks Voice on April 5, 2022

Money donated to facilities that care for endangered species during COVID

(Association of Zoos and Aquariums)

A turtle stunned by the cold at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. (File photo: North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island)

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is one of 21 such facilities nationwide to receive part of an initial $1.6 million overall funding under the relief program. COVID-19 for Endangered Species funded by the American Rescue Plan.

The funding, announced by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) on April 4, provided $123,621 for the Roanoke Aquarium. The funds have been awarded to facilities that have helped save animals and plants from extinction and are intended to reimburse expenses related to the care of rescued and confiscated captive species and wild animals at risk of extinction, such as turtles marines.

“When we reviewed the funding applications, it was clear that despite the pandemic, zoos, aquariums and other facilities continued to provide extraordinary care for federally protected species and critically important service to conservation agencies. recovery of endangered species. That’s why we’re so grateful to partner with [U.S. Fish and Wildlife] Service to direct this funding to provide relief to facilities in need,” said Dan Ashe, President and CEO of AZA.

Other North Carolina facilities that received part of the initial $1.6 million disbursement wave include the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue in Surf City ($100,703) and the North Carolina Aquarium Pine Knoll Shores ($59 $850).

Additional information about the COVID-19 Endangered Species Relief Program is available on the AZA website.


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