Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release
Mississippi Aquarium conducts sea turtle rescue, rehabilitation, and release locally and nationally. Each summer, the most endangered sea turtle globally, the Kemp’s ridley, travels via the loop current from its home range in the Gulf of Mexico up the Atlantic coast to New England. Typically, the turtles will migrate south before winter to avoid freezing temperatures which would be fatal to these reptiles. However, some young turtles do not migrate south in time and become stranded in the frigid water. The Aquarium partners with New England Aquarium, USFWS, and NOAA to assist with the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of these turtles back into their home in the Mississippi Sound and Northern Gulf of Mexico.
The Aquarium supports Woodside Wildlife Rescue, a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation group that focuses on the rehabilitation of raccoons, North American river otters, and beavers. The Aquarium provides food, supplies, and labor to support this critical effort so these animals can return to the wild.