2015 has been a big year for conservation efforts and milestones across many accredited zoos, aquariums, and wildlife rehabilitation centers. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has shared five of its top success stories this year.
Big Blue Live
Big Blue Live was a series by PBS and hosted by the Aquarium. The unprecedented live natural history series shared a message of hope with the entire world. “The rebirth of Monterey Bay proves that ocean ecosystems are resilient and can recover if given a chance—and a helping hand.” For more about this educational and important series, click here.
Sea Otter Pup #696
This lucky pup was spotted and rescued while trying to stay afloat between rocks, fighting against the incoming tide. This otter’s mom was panicked by a diver’s boat and could only grab of her two pups to bring to safety. Sea Otter Research and Conservation (SORAC) sent out a rescue team to offer this pup some relief from the relentless tide. The pup was taken to Monterey Bay Aquarium for medical care and rehabilitation. Read more and watch videos of this amazing rescue and future plans here.
Bringing Back Endangered Species
In 2015, The Monterey Bay Aquarium joined the AZA initiative, SAFE, Saving Animals From Extinction. “We’re combining the collective power of our 180 million annual visitors with our resources and expertise to save animals from extinction.” In 2015, SAFE focused on 10 endangered species. As part of the initiative, 10 additional species will be added anually for the next decade. The initial 10 species include animals you can see at Monterey Bay Aquarium including African blackfooted penguins and sea turtles. We can continue to support this world-changing initiative by visiting accredited zoos and aquariums.
Support for Local Sustainable Fishing
The Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust was established in part with Aquarium support. This year, the acquisition of $1 Million in commercial quota in the fishery from The Nature Conservancy was announced. This ensures the fishing rights remain with local Monterey Bay fishermen. In turn, this important resource can continue to benefit the local community and its local, family-owned fishing businesses for years to come. Read more here.
Inspiring New Generations
It is a responsibility of accredited zoos and aquariums to inspire children to care for our oceans, waterways, and environment. This is accomplished through connections with animals, educational conservation programs, environmental camps, and numerous other resources that are funded by your visit. It is through education and conservation awareness that we provide a path and tools for the next generation to heal the planet. In 2015, Monterey Bay Aquarium was honored by the Silicon Valley Business Journal with the Community Impact Award for their education initiatives. Read more about the aquarium’s efforts to meet demands for their outstanding educational programs and how you can help make it a reality.