OdySea Aquarium Foundation
The OdySea Aquarium Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity whose core focus is supporting education programs that assist schools in meeting and enhancing their curriculum.
Arizona Game & Fish Department
The Arizona Game & Fish Department’s mission is to conserve Arizona’s diverse wildlife resources and manage for safe, compatible outdoor recreation opportunities for current and future generations.
OdySea Aquarium is proud to partner with the Arizona Game & Fish Department to bring awareness to these native trout species and help to ensure their survival and their place in our local ecosystem.
African Black-Footed Penguin Conservation
OdySea Aquarium is proud to have partnered with SANCCOB, a registered non-profit organization (NPO 003-134) whose primary objective is to reverse the decline of seabird populations through the rescue, rehabilitation and release of ill, injured, abandoned and oiled seabirds – especially endangered species like the African penguin.
The organization works closely with colony managers to identify birds in need of care in the wild and bring them to one of its two centers in South Africa: Cape Town (Western Cape) and Cape St. Francis (Eastern Cape).
In a normal year where no oil spills occur, SANCCOB treats up to 2,500 seabirds, of which approximately 1,500 are African penguins. The remainder include various cormorants species (including the endangered Bank cormorant and Cape cormorant); various species of terns; pelagic birds such as albatrosses, gannets and petrels; oystercatchers, gulls, pelicans and other coastal birds found in the region. On average, 24 different seabird species are rehabilitated every year.
SANCCOB is an internationally recognized leader in oiled wildlife response, rehabilitation and chick-rearing; contributes to research which benefits seabirds; trains people to care for the birds and educates the public to develop behavioral patterns which benefit marine life and the environment.
SANCCOBB is registered with the South African Veterinary Council; a member of PAZAAB, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN); is endorsed by the Department of Environmental Affairs, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, European Association of Zoos and Aquariums and American Association of Zoos and Aquariums; and has many working partnerships globally.
Apache Trout Conservation
Sea Turtle Rescue
Sea turtles have inhabited Earth for more than 150 million years. But today, they are endangered due to loss of habitat and pollution. At OdySea Aquarium, we recognize these threats to sea turtles and are doing our part to help ensure their survival. OdySea Aquarium’s sea turtles, once unable to thrive in their environments, were all rescued and now call OdySea their home.
Boudreaux is a green sea turtle that was rescued off the Texas shoreline. He was badly injured after becoming entangled in a fishing line. Although he lost 2 flippers due to his injuries, he makes his way around his home at OdySea quite well. His mighty strength and spirit has won the hearts of both OdySea staff and visitors.
Valor is a green sea turtle who was injured and sustained a condition commonly referred to as “bubble butt”. This causes Valor to be unable to control his buoyancy, meaning he cannot dive down as easily as other turtles. Because of his condition, he now calls OdySea home. The Animal Care Specialists are able to help him dive by carefully weighting his carapace, or shell, with specially designed weights. See video of Valor's journey to OdySea Aquarium here.