Second Chances Wildlife Rehabilitation Program

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About Us

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).

Our animal care program is a valuable community service that continues to grow with state-of-the-art equipment and highly-trained staff, allowing us to take in a treat more animals than in previous years. In 2016, Second Chances was able to treat 346 shorebirds, 88 more than we saw in 2015. Second Chances staff personally went out into the community to rescue 113 birds, while others were brought in by the public. In 2016, we were able to release 125 birds back into their natural habitats.

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

Shorebirds
Egrets
Gulls
Oystercatchers
Pelicans
Plovers
Sandpipers
Skimmers
Spoonbills
Stilts
Terns

Raptors (Birds of Prey)
Eagles
Falcons
Hawks
Owls

Marine Mammals

Sea Turtles

 

    How We Rescue and Rehabilitate