By Fred Mays
ZOO EXPANDS OPERATIONS
TO INCLUDE NEW AQUARIUM
The Brevard Zoo is ranked among the best
in the country, and now it wants to up the
ante even more. The zoo is moving ahead
with plans for an aquarium complex at Port
Canaveral. The 14-acre campus will have both inside
and outside exhibits.
A $100 million fundraising campaign is underway.
According to Keith Winsten, the zoo executive
director, the campaign starts out with about $32
million already in the bank, much of it from a single
unnamed donor. If all goes as planned, construction
will start in 2024 and the aquarium will open in 2027.
Winsten says the aquarium will have a local flavor,
based on the Indian River Lagoon and St. Johns River.
Some exhibits will show dolphins and manatees in
their natural environment.
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BREVARD ZOO RENDERINGS
An artist's rendering of the proposed Brevard Aquarium complex depicts what the 14-acre parcel at Port Canaveral will look like.
The aquarium, slated to open in 2027, will have inside and outside exhibits.