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Few volunteer opportunities involve feeding marine life and diving with aquatic animals, but volunteers at the Oklahoma Aquarium are trained to do those and other hands-on jobs.
“The volunteers are our lifeline,” and the aquarium is always looking for more, says Ann Money, curator of education programs and research. “We can’t do it without them.”
In other aquarium news, construction is underway on the Sea Turtle Experience, a loggerhead turtle habitat. The opening date is dependent on fundraising.
150 volunteers regularly give their time to the Oklahoma Aquarium.
20,000 hours were worked by volunteers in 2013.
20 percent of volunteers are in the Aqua-teen program, which gives people under 18 the opportunity to participate in various aquarium functions.
2 loggerhead turtle brothers will be the focus of the Sea Turtle Experience. The aquarium received the 300-pound, nearly 20-year-old endangered turtles from a
marine head-start program.
50 percent of construction on the Sea Turtle Experience exhibit is complete.
65,000 gallons of water will fill the new tank prepared for the two turtles and
other Caribbean sea life.
$400,000 is the amount still needed to complete construction on the Sea Turtle Experience.
For more information about volunteering at the Oklahoma Aquarium, contact Ann Money at 918-528-1531.