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 by making your gift to the Minnesota Zoo Foundation today!

Your gift to the Minnesota Zoo Foundation will help us provide the resources necessary for the Zoo to maintain the best possible care for all of our amazing animals, while also continuing our conservation efforts here at home and around the world.

Your 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.

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For more information, contact Michele.Smith at [email protected], 952.431.9342, or toll free at 800.366.7811 x342. Thank you for your interest in supporting the Minnesota Zoo Foundation!