Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Foundation
The Gulfarium has been in operation for 63 years. During this period, the park’s zoological team has been utilized as the primary rehabilitation, release, and care program for Okaloosa and Walton counties. Sea turtles have increasingly been impacted by changes in climate, pollution, over-fishing, and emerging diseases, to name but a few. Annual rescues and medical needs have nearly exceeded the park’s current program capabilities.
Thus, in 2015, Gulfarium embarked on the creation of a new sea turtle care center, including the incorporation of a 501c3 entitled “Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Foundation, Inc.”. The intent is to build an education center, a medical hospital, and a complex of rehabilitation pools. The grant will be combined with a RESTORE Act award and private funding from Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park to complete phase 1 of the C.A.R.E. Center’s development.