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Post-Harvey, Texas State Aquarium seeks funds for new wildlife rescue center

Before Hurricane Harvey, state aquarium staff evacuated turtles, stingrays, dolphins and other recovering animals from an aging rescue center they feared would blow away. Now, they're asking the state for help to build a new facility.

Senior Wildlife Care Specialist Rico Olvera discusses a green sea turtle whose shell was injured by a boat propeller blade and suffers from a disease called fibropapilloma. The sea turtle is housed at the Texas State Aquarium Wildlife Rescue facility.

Texas Legislature 2019

The 86th Legislature runs from Jan. 8 to May 27. From the state budget to health care to education policy — and the politics behind it all — we focus on what Texans need to know about the biennial legislative session.

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The Texas State Aquarium Wildlife Rescue current facility is located in a metal building away from the aquarium's campus.
Senior Wildlife Care Specialist Rico Olvera at the Texas State Aquarium Wildlife Rescue holding pool for marine mammals.
Senior wildlife care specialists Alexandra Little and Rico Olvera change the bandage on an injured red-shouldered hawk at the Texas State Aquarium's Wildlife Rescue facility.
Senior Wildlife Care Specialist Rico Olvera at the Texas State Aquarium Wildlife Rescue flight cage.  Injured birds such as these pelicans are rehabilitated in this area.

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