TEXAS SEALIFE CENTER

Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of coastal and aquatic wildlife.

Corpus Christi, TX   |  www.texassealifecenter.org

Mission

Texas Sealife Center's mission is to rescue injured and stranded coastal and aquatic wildlife, to provide supportive care and rehabilitation, to successfully release wildlife back into their natural habitats, and to educate and promote public awareness about conservation efforts to save wildlife.

Notes from the nonprofit

Texas Sealife Center is an all-volunteer, veterinarian-driven nonprofit organization. It hopes to identify funders for and hire a new employee in 2018. Since its founding in 2011, the Center has grown as the need for its life saving services has grown, each and every year. We welcome your inquiries!

Ruling year info

2011

President and Director

Dr. Tim Tristan, DVM DABVP RA

Main address

14220 South Padre Island Drive

Corpus Christi, TX 78418 USA

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EIN

27-5069736

NTEE code info

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Veterinary Services (D40)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Texas Sealife Center is an all-volunteer, veterinarian-driven nonprofit organization founded in 2011. The Center was launched due to the urgent need for medical support for local wildlife, and in recognition of the ever-growing number of animals admitted to wildlife rehabilitation facilities across Texas and the nation. In 2012, the Center was given a building at Packery Channel Nature Park by the Nueces County Park Board. In 2013, renovations began to convert the building and land into a hospital, education center and nature trail. The persistence of our volunteers allowed the Center to accept its first bird and sea turtle for rehabilitation in September, 2013. Since then, the Center cares for an average of 400 injured and stranded animals annually. In 2019, there are 20 core volunteers who operate/manage Texas Sealife Center and its activities. We consider our achievements to be substantial and believe the need for our services will continue to increase.

Our programs

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Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation

Texas Sealife Center is an all-volunteer, veterinarian-driven nonprofit organization founded in 2011. The Center was launched because of the urgent need for medical support for local wildlife, and in recognition of the ever-growing number of animals admitted to wildlife rehabilitation facilities across Texas and the nation. The Center fosters relationships with local agencies, organizations and individuals dedicated to the health and wellbeing of local wildlife to help fulfill its mission.

In 2012, the Center was given a building at Packery Channel Nature Park by the Nueces County Park Board. In 2013, renovations began to convert the building and land into a hospital, education center and nature trail. The persistence of our volunteers allowed the Center to accept its first bird and sea turtle for rehabilitation in September, 2013. During any given year, the Center cares for approximately 400 injured and stranded animals. With a highly regarded veterinarian team guiding Texas Sealife Center, when surgery is required for wildlife survival it can be and is provided.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Texas Sealife Center is open to the public. Visitors may come see the animals in the Center's care and learn about the organization's work to rescue and rehabilitate injured coastal wildlife. Group tours may be arranged in advance, as well as guest speaking engagements (outside the Center). A key part of the Center's mission is to promote public awareness about conservation efforts to save wildlife. Volunteers do help provide tours and educational programming. They are vetted for their scientific knowledge; if training is required, that training is provided. During 2018, Texas Sealife Center had 3,961 visitors, and as of August 2019, it has already welcomed 3,389 visitors.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

In 2010, the first diagnosed cases of fibropapillomatosis in green sea turtles was diagnosed on the Texas Gulf coast. Texas Sealife Center veterinarians and volunteers are on the front lines of monitoring cases of fibropapillomatosis, and they support sea turtle patients as they arrive at rehabilitation facilities including Texas Sealife Center. When necessary, surgery for affected wildlife is provided along with supportive rehabilitation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Texas Sealife Center veterinarians provide volunteer medical services to the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) of the Marine Science Institute of The University of Texas at Austin in Port Aransas, for the ARK’s resident and rehabilitation animals, free of charge. Across the Coastal Bend, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation has become a growing focus for nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. The highly trained and internationally respected veterinarian team of Texas Sealife Center is actively involved across the community as requested.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Texas Sealife Center's mission is rescue injured and stranded coastal and aquatic wildlife, to provide supportive care and rehabilitation, to release wildlife back into their natural habitat, and to educate and promote public awareness about conservation efforts to save wildlife. We have achieved this with a dedicated group of talented volunteers (20 core volunteers in 2019). We have begun developing grant proposals to help bolster our infrastructure and to hire paid staff to handle the ever-growing amount of administrative work involved in managing Texas Sealife Center year-round. Our goal is to increase our capacity for service in all areas in the months and years ahead. If you can help, please let us know. Thank you.

Texas Sealife Center exists because of a highly dedicated, veterinarian-led, hands-on, all-volunteer workforce. They are the "core" of the Center's success, numbering 20 in 2019. Our strategy is to continue providing the Center's life saving veterinary expertise and services to rescue and rehabilitate an ever-growing number of stranded and injured sea turtles, shorebirds and raptors. The Center hopes to expand into dolphin care in future years. In addition, the Center hopes to secure funding for and hire its first paid employee(s). The Center has become more successful and busy; the need for professional assistance to manage the administrative burden is essential. We are now preparing plans and grant proposals to help make this possible. If you can help, please let us know. Thank you.

Texas Sealife Center has demonstrated it has the knowledge and expertise to ably meet its goals of rescuing injured and stranded coastal and aquatic wildlife, providing supportive care and rehabilitation, releasing wildlife back into their natural habitats, and educating and promoting public awareness about conservation efforts to save wildlife. We have accomplished a great deal with an all-volunteer workforce, centered on 20 key volunteers who help with feeding and cleaning of education animals and hospital patients; cleaning sea turtle tanks; feeding sea turtle patients; handling water changes for sea turtle tanks; leading public tours; assisting with rescues and releases; assisting with medical care and treatment of wildlife patients; maintaining habitat of our surrounding grounds; and managing daily operational tasks like office work, laundry and dish cleaning. Texas Sealife Center anticipates moving forward successfully with all these tasks utilizing our current (and future) volunteers, and hopefully soon, the Center will be able to fund its first paid employee(s) to reduce the administrative burden on our volunteers and enhance our nonprofit's professionalism overall.

Texas Sealife Center is a relatively young nonprofit organization. It was founded in 2011, and in 2012, the Center was given a building at Packery Channel Nature Park by the Nueces County Park Board. In 2013, renovations began to convert the building and land into a hospital, education center and nature trail. The persistence of our volunteers allowed the Center to accept its first bird and sea turtle for rehabilitation in September, 2013. Since then, the Center's volunteers have saved and cared for approximately 400 injured and stranded wildlife annually. We anticipate continued first class service to the wildlife of the Coastal Bend in the months and years ahead.

Financials

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Operations

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TEXAS SEALIFE CENTER

Board of directors
as of 8/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Tim Tristan, DVM DABVP

Owner, Aquatics and Exotics Veterinary Services

Term: 2011 - 2019

Tim Tristan, DVM DABVP RA

Aquatics and Exotics Veterinary Services

Amanda Terry

Aquatics and Exotics Veterinary Services

Peggy Brewer

Critter Love

Michael Muncy

Kodiak Firearms

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No