Mote’s Animal Hospitals Thank Sara Roberts Foundation for Generous Grant

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Green sea turtle "Pesto" is a patient in Mote's Marine Laboratory's animal hospitals, which recently received a generous donation from the Sara Roberts Foundation. (Credit Kassie O'Brien/Mote Marine Laboratory)

Mote’s Animal Hospitals Thank Sara Roberts Foundation for Generous Grant

Jun 25, 2013

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium recently received a grant for $123,000 from the Sara Roberts Foundation to support rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick and injured marine animals. The funds will provide operating support for Mote’s hospitals for dolphins, whales and sea turtles.

This is the second grant awarded to Mote’s animal hospitals by the Sara Roberts Foundation, a Sarasota-based family foundation that supports animal protection and welfare.

“We recognize the value of Mote Marine Lab’s research and animal care, and we consider them an integral part of our community,” said George Famiglio, Jr., Trustee of the Sara Roberts Foundation. “We are more than happy to support Mote’s hospitals in any way we can.”

As an independent, nonprofit marine research institution, Mote depends on local support for many of its science, education and outreach efforts.

“We at the hospital greatly appreciate this generous contribution,” said Lynne Byrd, Rehabilitation and Medical Care Coordinator of Mote’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital and Mote’s Dolphin and Whale Hospital. “Without continued support like this, we could not sustain our commitment to successfully rehabilitate and release these animals. Thank you for helping us to help them.”

Mote’s animal hospitals have treated 70 dolphins and whales since 1992, along with 430 sea turtles since 1995.

To help support Mote’s animal hospitals with a donation, visit

Founded in 1955, Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 research organization based in Sarasota, Fla., with field stations in eastern Sarasota County, Charlotte Harbor and the Florida Keys. Donations to Mote are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Mote is dedicated to today’s research for tomorrow’s oceans with an emphasis on world-class research relevant to conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity, healthy habitats and natural resources. Research programs include studies of human cancer using marine models, the effects of man-made and natural toxins on humans and on the environment, the health of wild fisheries, developing sustainable and successful fish restocking techniques and food production technologies and the development of ocean technology to help us better understand the health of the environment. Mote research programs also focus on understanding the population dynamics of manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and coral reefs and on conservation and restoration efforts related to these species and ecosystems. Mote’s vision includes positively impacting public policy through science-based outreach and education. Showcasing this research is The Aquarium at Mote, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 365 days a year. Learn more at

Contact: Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236. (941) 388-4441 or



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