Sea Turtle Hospital Expected to Open in Florida

Sea Turtle Hospital is expected to open in October, thanks in part to a $39,800 grant awarded from revenues generated by the Florida sea turtle specialty license plate.

Monday, Apr 8, 2013  |  Updated 9:30 AM EDT
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Brevard Zoo plans to open a hospital to treat injured or sick sea turtles.

Florida Today
reports the Sea Turtle Hospital is expected to open in October, thanks in part to a $39,800 grant awarded from revenues generated by the Florida sea turtle specialty license plate.

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The newspaper reports the hospital will be next to a state-of-the art veterinary facility opened last year at Brevard Zoo. It would primarily treat turtles stranded because of fibropapilloma, which is a deadly viral disease.

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The Sea Turtle Conservancy, a nonprofit that administers the state's sea turtle license plate grants, noted in a summary that the hospital would be operated by current zoo personnel and a full-time husbandry coordinator. This will be funded by the Sea Turtle Preservation Society in Indialantic.
 

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