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CEO,
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Chief Executive,
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Making an impact

06 Nov 2012
by Jennifer Fields, Communications Coordinator, Association of Zoos and Aquariums
"Here at the Texas State Aquarium, the accreditation programme helps us to continually raise the bar for our animal care, safety, and education programs."

We often think of attractions in terms of how they interact with their guests, but what about the other ways they provide benefits to their community, professional colleagues and, perhaps most importantly, the environment?

Without a doubt, the Texas State Aquarium is the most popular tourist attraction in Corpus Christi, Texas. Since its grand opening in July 1990, more than 10.5 million guests have visited the not-for-profit facility. But, as one of only 224 institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), it also provides a good example of how an attraction can make a larger impact.

In 2011, a report provided by Impact DataSource showed that the aquarium had a US$43m (£26.8m, 33.2m euro) economic impact on Corpus Christi and that the aquarium supported 747 area jobs and salaries of US$15m (£9.35m, 11.57m euro).

The aquarium's impact on animal conservation continues to grow. Each year, the aquarium treats sick and injured avian species, as well as marine mammals, spending between US$70,000 (£43,600, 54,000 euro) and US$100,000 (£62,400, 77,000 euro) annually on wildlife rehabilitation.

The Texas State Aquarium will now have an even larger role in the leadership of the aquarium and zoo community as Tom Schmid, the aquarium's president and CEO, was recently elected chair of the AZA board of directors. Schmid has been involved in the AZA for more than a decade.

"My goal is to focus on how the association can help make every aquarium and zoo even more successful," said Schmid. "Here at the Texas State Aquarium, the accreditation programme helps us to continually raise the bar for our animal care, safety, and education programs. The AZA conferences offer our team great professional development and networking opportunities."

The Texas State Aquarium houses thousands of animals and offers educational opportunities. The newest exhibit, Stingray Lagoon, offers visitors the chance to touch and feed stingrays and is keeping the tradition of opening a new exhibit every year.



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