greetings members & friends ,
We are pleased to share with you our 2019 annual report.
Thankfully, 2019 was a very strong year for us financially, as well as
programmatically. Our success last year is helping propel us through
the current crisis. As we write this letter, we have been open for two
weeks, after an unprecedented eight week closure. While we were
closed to the public, our teams continued working seven days a week,
caring for our animals, engaging with students, teachers, and families
online, inspiring appreciation for our seas, and working actively
to rescue and rehabilitate animals injured in the wild.
We have been humbled by the outpouring of support from our
community and from folks across Texas. Over 700 gifts totaling over
$300,000 came in during the crisis. This support was vital and provided a measure of hope.
We don’t knowwhat the future holds for us. We do know it will be paramount to continue
to grow, innovate and experiment, implement new ideas, and develop newways to do business.
One thing that will not change is our commitment to STEM education and wildlife
conservation. As we re-shape our strategic and master plans, we hope to engage with you, while
continuing to deliver on our mission of engaging, inspiring, and supporting wildlife conservation.
Julie Buckley , Board Chair
Tom Schmid , President & CEO
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