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Conservation

Moody Gardens is committed to the conservation of wild life and wild places. You can learn more about the work we are doing, and how you can help, here.

AZA Programs

As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Moody Gardens® participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP) and SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction programs.

Penguin at the Aquarium Pyramid

Species Survival Plan (SSP)

Species Survial Plan (SSP) Programs bring together AZA, AZA-accredited members and Sustainability Partners to collectively manage healthy, sustainable populations for the animals in our care.

Saving Animals From Extinction Logo

SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction Programs

SAFE utilizes the expertise within AZA-accredited facilities and the power of their guests to save species. Through research, collaborations and education, the SAFE program aims to help species that are at risk of extinction.

Local & Federal Partners

Moody Gardens closely works with local and federal partner agencies on conservation work in the field. From US Fish and Wildlife to Texas Parks & Wildlife, Moody Gardens provides staff support, funding and resources to these organizations. Here are a few of our current partnerships:

Sea Life within the Flower Garden Banks National Sanctuary Off the Coast of Galveston

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

Moody Gardens provides dive support on a variety of research conducted at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Our Coral Lab in the Aquarium Pyramid at Moody Gardens houses over 100 coral fragments from Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.

Oyster Shell recycling piles at the Moody Gardens West Lot

Galveston Bay Foundation


Moody Gardens supports the Galveston Bay Foundation's Oyster Shell Recycling Program, which reclaims oyster shells from local restaurants and uses them in oyster reef restoration programs. Moody Gardens staff have collected over 100 tons of oyster shell since 2020. Shells are cured in the sun for nine months before being returned to Galveston Bay Foundation.

Black-necked stilt at the spillway near the West Lot at Moody Gardens

Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council


In 2021, Galveston was certified as a Bird City Texas community by Audubon Texas and Texas Parks and Wilfelife Department. Led by the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council, Moody Gardens and other local partners worked together to become one of seven cities in Texas to achieve this certification.

Coral Rescue Lab

Coral Rescue Lab

An international effort is underway to increase awareness and combat a disease that is rapidly killing the Florida Reef Tract, the third largest coral reef system in the world. Our Coral Rescue Lab at the Aquarium Pyramid will be used to protect coral as it focuses on species being impacted by this disease.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), selected Moody Gardens® to participate in this vital project to help save corals native to the Florida Reef Tract as one of 60 institutions from 21 states and Canada.

Ecology Project International

In 2024, Moody Gardens made a multi-year commitment to provide funding assistance for conservation projects, interns and research at Pacuare Reserve in Costa Rica. This support will help researchers at Pacuare Reserve conduct vital conservation work and research focused on the rare Agami Hero and other species.

Agami Heron at the Pacuare Reserve in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Pacuare Reserve Partnership

Moody Gardens® is providing funding assistance for conservation projects, staffing, and research at Pacuare Reserve in Costa Rica. These effort help expand vital conservation work and research focused on the incredibly rare and spectacular Agami Heron, Leatherback Turtles, and other species. This partnership was made with Ecology Project International (EPI) who maintains the stewardship over the reserve. Pacuare Reserve is an international research and education hub for youth, teachers, ecotourists, and scientists with an interest in wildlife conservation and habitat restoration.

Sustainability

Lionfish as sustainable seafood

Seafood Watch

Moody Gardens is an active partner of Seafood Watch, a sustainable seafood guide. Produced by Monterey Bay Aquarium, Seafood Watch makes recommendations on best choices, good alternatives, and what to avoid when eating seafood. Guests in restaurants are served sustainable seafood, as are the animals in our care.

Clean the World Reused Soap Conservation Program

Clean the World

Unused soap and plastic amenities left by hotel guests are sent to Clean the World, which diverts these items from landfills and uses them to manufacture new soap bars. These can then be sent to vulnerable communities worldwide.

Moody Gardens Water Treatment Plant used to clean water for irrigation on main property and golf course

Water

Moody Gardens has a water treatment plant that collects reclaimed water from the city's water treatment plant. After undergoing further filtration, the water is used for irrigation at the hotel, attractions, and golf course. In 2022, over 26 million gallons of water was reclaimed and used across property. This system reduces our reliance on potable water supplies.

Mulch which is used for plants around Moody Gardens property

Mulch

Maintaining the grounds and gardens generates a significant amount of landscape debris. This debris is collected and processed into mulch, which is then used on our grounds and on city grounds. Carpentry waste is also added to our mulch piles for processing.

Getting Involved

Eco-Cell

Moody Gardens recycles cardboard, paper, plastic and more, including cell phones! Through Eco-Cell, we recycle cell phones, smartphones, ipads, ipods, tablets, GPS, smartwatches, digital cameras and all the cords and cables that go with them. Guests are welcome to get involved by dropping off their old e-gadgets in the Eco-Cell box, located in the Visitors Center.

Support Our Conservation Fund

The Moody Gardens Conservation Fund helps us support our local and global partners in conservation. You can support our work by purchasing penguin and otter artwork, participating in an animal encounter or making a donation.

Volunteer at Moody Gardens

Our volunteers support our conservation work through education ad hands-on work behind-the-scenes.



 

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Become A Member

Members support our conservation work by attending programs and learning more about the wildlife and wild places we protect.


 

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