Seed pods need to take root
As a result of coastal development,
mangroves worldwide are being
destroyed up to four times more
quickly than other types of forests.
continues to grow
1,020 mangrove "foster parents"
have participated in the program.
• workshops have been successful in
providing mature, hardy plants that
are optimal for shoreline plantings
• participants are encouraged to
show greater interest in the health
of the Indian River Lagoon
• many volunteers continue to
participate in other types of
Kids make a difference
Groups of fifth-grade students
participating in our on-site Zoo
School program each get to learn
about, grow and care for their own
mangroves. These students also
make oyster mats as part of a
special “Oyster All-Stars” program.
The Zoo and our partners are
creating resilient and beneficial
“living shorelines” across Brevard
County by combining restoration
efforts for mangroves, oysters
and other ecosystem staples like
spartina grass that naturally occur
together in shoreline communities.