Monday, April 28, 2008

We're Getting a New Ride

The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher received a grant from the Community Foundation of Southeastern North Carolina in the amount of $15,000 to help the aquarium acquire a new outreach vehicle. This is in addition to $55,000 raised by the N.C. Aquarium Society.

The Outreach program currently brings marine invertebrates, like sea stars and hermit crabs, in addition to reptiles and amphibians to schools, libraries, camps, and community groups. By outfitting a large truck, educators will now be able to bring a bit of North Carolina’s coastal environment to students who live in the mountains or the piedmont and may never get a chance to visit the beach.

Features of the van will include a life support system, heating and air to maintain proper temperatures, biodiesel fuel and a lift to allow easy and safe access for the animals and their caretakers.

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