On-site and off-site conservation

One of the most important things we do

The conservation of the seas and oceans of the planet, as well as the species that inhabit them is one of the most important things we do. At the Aquarium we carry out two types of conservation: on-site and off-site conservation
Off-site conservation

Inside the Aquarium

Programs inside the aquarium, carried out within a controlled environment, such as initiating and managing breeding programs with the species that are most threatened in the natural environment, additionally, we ensure healthy genetic variability of our populations.

Animal welfare is another of our main objectives of in-house conservation. We work daily improving the facilities that house our species, we participate in environmental enrichment projects, providing a healthy social and behavioral activity, and we control the diet and medical status of our animals through veterinary controls appropriate to each species.
On-site conservation

In the wild

Programs carried out outside of the aquarium, which are integrated within the framework of protection and recovery of species and populations in the wild.

On-site conservation programs in which the Aquarium of Seville currently participates:

Recovery of the nesting areas of marine turtles of the species Carettacaretta in the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park in Almería.
This project is carried out together with the Ministry of Environment and Territory Planning of the Junta de Andalucía, the Biological Station of Doñana (CSIC) and the CEGMA of Algeciras. Currently, a pair of Chelo and Nando turtles remain in our facilities in the phase of sexual maturation, until they reach the reproduction stage. If reproductive success is achieved, the one-year-old offspring will be transferred for release in natural environment, in order that in adult stage they return to spawn at the coast mentioned above.
Meet Chelo
On-site conservation

Others programs

Collaborating Center of the Junta de Andalucía and the CEGMA of Algeciras, in the recovery of sea turtles
The turtles come to our center in their last phase of the recovery process, to develop muscle and ensure a correct swimming ability, as well as to interactspecies before its release to the sea.

Head-starting program for marine turtles of the species Carettacaretta
During a year in our facilities the animals are cared for and fed. The newborn turtles are from nests found in the wild that have been brought to the aquarium to increase the odds for survival because they are threatened.