Florida Coral Rescue Center Marks Fourth Year with Landmark Conservation Efforts

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Florida Coral Rescue Center Marks Fourth Year with Landmark Conservation Efforts


For the last four years, Disney’s aquatic wildlife experts have collaborated with conservationists on a crucial mission to protect Florida’s coral reefs from the fast-spreading stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD). This disease has endangered 22 coral species, prompting urgent conservation efforts. Florida’s Coral Reef is currently in the midst of a multi-year outbreak of stony coral tissue loss disease, and Disney is working hard to care for these amazing coral reefs.

Related-Disney Aquatic Wildlife Experts Partner on Special Mission to Save Florida’s Coral Reefs

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By joining forces with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, NOAA Fisheries, and SeaWorld, Disney has been able to establish the Florida Coral Rescue Center in Orlando, the largest facility of its kind in the U.S. to care for and safeguard some of the most vulnerable species of Florida coral.

Related-Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Donates $24,000 to Support Coral Reef Research


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The Orlando-based Florida Coral Rescue Center (FCRC) is a state-of-the-art facility that cares for hundreds of corals that are most at risk of SCTLD. Scientists say the disease has become a widespread issue that has now swept the entirety of Florida’s coral reef and other regions around the world. Here are some fun facts about the Florida Coral Rescue Center:

  • The FCRC is 2,058 sq. ft. 
  • Number of corals housed at the FCRC – 524 corals     
  • Holding system surface area – area devoted specifically to coral holding – Total 620 sq. ft.    
  • Number of coral aquariums – 18 aquariums    
  • Staffing: 2 Full Time (40 hours/week) | 2 Part Time (28 hours/week)  Total – 136 hours per week    
  • Total number of gallons devoted to coral care at the FCRC – 5,800 gallons  
  • LED lighting system is set on a timer to mimic the sun and moon cycle of Key West

Very impressive! To learn more about Coral Reefs and Disney’s incredible efforts to save them, you can click here, and watch the YouTube video below with Dr. Andy Stamper, Disney’s Conservation Science Manager.

Florida Coral Rescue Center Marks Fourth Year with Landmark Conservation Efforts (youtube.com)

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