Florida’s Coral Reefs are under attack by the rapid spread of stony coral tissue loss disease, which has put 22 coral species at risk of extinction. While disease outbreaks are not uncommon, this event is unique due to its large geographic range, extended duration, rapid progression, high rates of mortality, and the number of species affected. Disney aquatic wildlife experts and conservationists have been on a special mission to eliminate the spread.
In a post by Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks. He explains how Disney and others are working together in this endeavor.
By joining forces with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, NOAA Fisheries, and SeaWorld, we’ve been able to establish the Florida Coral Rescue Center in Orlando, the largest facility of its kind in the U.S. to care for and safeguard some of the most vulnerable species of Florida coral.
The Florida Coral Rescue Center provides a safe, stable environment for the 745 coral specimens and their offspring currently in their care. The Center’s goal is to one day return these rescued corals back to the ocean so they can help restore underwater ecosystems, which are essential to hundreds of marine life who rely on them for their well-being.
We look forward to sharing updates on the work of the Florida Coral Rescue Center as the team continues to make progress. Learn more about the AZA-Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project.