April 2, 2009
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The media is invited to the Texas State Aquarium tomorrow, April 3, at 10:30 a.m. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening of Eagle Pass. Eagle Pass, the latest addition to Conservation Cove, promotes a strong message of backyard conservation. Most of the raptors featured in this exhibit were rescued and rehabilitated at the Aquarium. Perhaps the most regal raptor of the exhibit is Grace, a bald eagle. Rehabilitated in Alaska, Grace was deemed non-releasable and has a home in Eagle Pass, where visitors can get a personal look at America’s bird, something you may not be able to doin the wild.
Aquarium President and CEO Tom Schmid says, “Measuring over 60 feet long, 20 feet high, and containing 36,000 pounds of concrete shaped to mimic a west Texas canyon, Eagle Pass is the third major component of our Conservation Cove program. This first-class bird of prey exhibit will showcase both our raptor collection and our wildlife rehabilitation efforts. Our goal is that Aquarium guests will walk away from Eagle Pass with a better understanding of these majestic creatures, and more importantly, what each of us can do to ensure their survival.”
Conservation Cove is a three-year expansion project that began in 2006 with the Hawn Wild Flight Theater, which opened in April of 2007. Tortuga Cay, a sanctuary for sea turtles, and Otter Creek opened last March.
The mission of the Texas State Aquarium is to inspire appreciation and wise stewardship of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.