Providing a comfortable home for its animals is a priority at Moody Gardens®. Occasionally, Moody Gardens® also provides assistance when animals are in need of help.
The Marine Stranding Network and other such organizations rescue injured animals in need of rehabilitation. Moody Gardens® has provided assistance whenever possible aiding in the recovery and release of dolphins and a variety of turtles and other marine animals as they return to the wild.
The need can also be more permanent as in the case of Porter, a newborn abandoned harbor seal pup. Immediately treated for dehydration and injuries, he was nursed back to health by caregivers at Marine Animal Lifeline. His limited survival and hunting skills left him unable to survive in the wild. Moody Gardens® responded to a nationwide search for a permanent home in the aquarium's North Pacific Exhibit.
The Seahorse Symphony Exhibit at the Aquarium Pyramid® serves as a public reminder of the rapidly diminishing seahorse population. An estimated 20 million seahorses are taken from the ocean annually to be used in medicines, or as pets and souvenirs with fishing serving as a main income source in some regions of the world. The challenge is to balance the needs of seahorses and the people who depend on them for their livelihoods and medicines. A component of the exhibit is Project Seahorse, a collaborate international effort focusing on seahorse habitats and the conservation issues surrounding them to educate visitors and make a difference.
Moody Gardens® dedication to animals has even taken staff as far as South America to assist an American-assembled rescue team in saving a colony of Caribbean Flamingos after jaguars attacked their home. The group provided tireless, round-the-clock feeding and cleaning of this enormous group of newborn chicks was crucial to the bird’s survival.
The opening of the Aquarium Pyramid® brought a genetically desirable group of King Penguins to Moody Gardens® that has introduced a breeding exchange program with other institutions. In March 1998, permission was granted by the British and Falkland Island governments for Moody Gardens® staff members to travel with representatives from Chile and France to South Georgia Island in the Antarctic to collect King Penguin eggs. Expedition members lived on a Russian research vessel for 10 days while collecting the eggs and scientific information. to collect both. The eggs were then transported to Galveston in field incubators where they were hatched.