Second Chances Wildlife Rehabilitation Program


Wildlife Rehabilitation Program

Each year, thousands of protected, threatened, or endangered species along the Texas coast become ill or injured. Some have been impaired by predators, diseases, or other natural causes. Most are brought to our facility with problems caused directly or indirectly by humans. This includes entanglement in fishing line, nets, or lures, and even illegal harassment and shootings. The goal of the Texas State Aquarium’s Second Chances Wildlife Rehabilitation Program is to rehabilitate and, whenever possible, return the animals to their natural environment. The Aquarium’s Second Chances Wildlife Rehabilitation Program is federally permitted and operates under rigorous standards established by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

The Texas State Aquarium Wildlife Rehabilitation Program is able to care for:

Raptors (Birds of Prey)

Marine Mammals

Sea Turtles


Click here if you have found an injured animal

The Texas State Aquarium has helped many stranded marine mammals, sea turtles, raptors, and shorebirds after they are injured in the wild. When one of these species is found injured, it is brought to the Aquarium’s Second Chances Rehabilitation Program for acute medical care. Once the animal is healthy and deemed releasable, the Aquarium returns the animal to its natural habitat. In the event the animal is not releasable due to a permanent disability, the Aquarium works to find a proper long-term facility for the animal.

Pending the condition of the animal when it is brought in, Aquarium staff stabilizes the animal, evaluates its condition, and provides comprehensive medical treatment. Services range from simply providing a safe, temporary refuge for an exhausted migratory shorebird to acute medical care for an ill dolphin.

The Aquarium does not have the resources to pick up injured or sick shorebirds or raptors. The public must contact the Rehabilitation department at (361) 881-1210 during operating hours before bringing a bird to the Aquarium. We regret that we are unable to admit other types of birds.

If you would like to make a donation to the Second Chances Wildlife Rehabilitation Program, please email, call 361.881.1324, or click the button below.


Other animal care and rescue resources:

ARK – 361.749.6793; 750 Channel View, Port Aransas, TX
Takes all species of birds

Jeannine Adamson-361.576.3339; Victoria, TX
Takes all species of birds and baby birds

Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue- 979.245.4392; Bay City, TX
Takes all species of birds

Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation- 210.698.1709; Kendalia, TX (by San Antonio)
Takes all birds, babies and other animals