Texas State Aquarium breaks ground for $15 million wildlife rescue center
Construction will soon begin on the Texas State Aquarium's Port of Corpus Christi Center for Wildlife Rescue.
The $15 million, 20,000-square-foot center will be located on the aquarium's main campus and will facilitate learning for veterinary medical students and technologists and teach the public what they can do to help protect wildlife.
Mayor Paulette Guajardo, ExxonMobil Foundation President Kevin Murphy, aquarium and port Chairman Charles Zahn, Jr., and City Manager Peter Zanoni joined in on the ceremonial groundbreaking on Thursday.
"Since ground broke 33 years ago to build the first phase of this institution, the city of Corpus Christi and the aquarium have had a very strong partnership," Guajardo said. "Last year we asked our citizens to help support a very important initiative: the new center for wildlife rescue."
Guajardo said the new center puts the city and aquarium as the national leader for the rescue of injured wildlife.
The center will be called "The Port of Corpus Christi Center for Wildlife Rescue at the Texas State Aquarium" as part of a funding agreement with the port that included a $2.5 million grant.
ExxonMobil donated $2 million to the project in 2019.
The center is expected to open in 2022 and will be free to the public.
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