Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Tuesday announced the launch of a new campaign to raise $32 million over the next six years. The aquarium said the money will allow it to bring in new wildlife, create habitats and launch global conservation initiatives.
The campaign is an expansion of its “Rising Tides” capital initiative that has already funded a recent $80 million expansion that tripled its dolphin habitat, added more education areas, parking and hospital facilities.
The new initiative would bring in more manatees, sea lions, sharks, penguins, albino alligators and additional dolphins, the aquarium announcement said, adding that “each of these remarkable creatures carries its own compelling conservation narrative ... (and) provides a platform to educate future generations about marine life, conservation and groundbreaking research specific to each species.”
The addition would enhance its hospital and veterinary staff, the announcement said. They plan to add a state-of-the-art theater, an engaging interactive water area and “fun and immersive” experiences for guests.
“This expansion embodies our unwavering commitment to providing the best possible environment for our marine residents, while also ensuring that future generations can continue to benefit from the wonders of marine conservation,” said Joe Handy, chief executive officer of the aquarium. “Through our leadership in conservation, we will inspire others to join us in safeguarding our precious oceans for generations to come.”