Just Keep Swimming
With a Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Animal Sponsorship!

Mardi the Sea Turtle is a survivor.

He was rescued a few months after hurricane Katrina, starving, dehydrated, and with serious head injuries that left him clinging to life.  The Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans cared for him for several weeks, where the staff worked diligently to save him.

Once Mardi was stable enough to travel, he was sent to the Minnesota Zoo for long-term care.  He arrived unable to dive normally—he just floated on the surface of the water and would only move to eat—and on top of all that, he had serious liver problems.

After nearly three years of healing and attentive care at the Minnesota Zoo, Mardi started diving on his own.  Although his brain injuries make him a poor candidate for release into the wild, he now behaves like a fairly normal turtle and enjoys regular meals of turtle gel diet, supplemented with squid, shrimp, and fish.

You can help provide Mardi’s meals with a Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Animal Sponsorship! Your tax-deductible gift will help feed Mardi and ALL the animals at the Minnesota Zoo.

Your $55 sponsorship includes:

  • An adorable 12” plush sea turtle.
  • A personalized animal sponsorship certificate.
  • A Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle trading card with a photo and fun facts.

Your $100 sponsorship also includes:

  • Animal Homes, a children’s book about animals and habitats by Judy Allen and Simon Mendez.

Your $250 sponsorship also includes:

  • An invitation to meet with a Zookeeper (during normal Zoo hours).

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If you have additional questions, please call 952.431.9216 or 1.800.366.7811 ext.216
Or email Shannon at Shannon.Rhatigan@mnzoo.org