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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Environment, Protection of Endangered Species

Mission: Texas Sealife Center’s mission is to rescue injured and stranded coastal and aquatic wildlife, to provide supportive care and rehabilitation, to release wildlife back into their natural habitat, and to educate and promote public awareness about conservation efforts to save wildlife.

Results: Texas Sealife Center is an all-volunteer, veterinarian-driven nonprofit organization founded in 2011. The Center was launched because of the urgent need for medical support for local wildlife, and in recognition of the ever-growing number of animals admitted to wildlife rehabilitation facilities across Texas and the nation. The Center fosters relationships with local agencies, organizations and individuals dedicated to the health and wellbeing of local wildlife to help fulfill its mission. In 2012, the Center was given a building at Packery Channel Nature Park by the Nueces County Park Board. In 2013, renovations began to convert the building and land into a hospital, education center and nature trail. The persistence of our volunteers allowed the Center to accept its first bird and sea turtle for rehabilitation in September, 2013. In 2016, the Center cared for 418 animals (60 being sea turtles). Thus far in 2017, the Center has had 291 wildlife patients, and it has overseen 20 surgeries in partnership with other area facilities.

Target demographics: stranded and injured shorebirds, raptors, sea turtles and more

Direct beneficiaries per year: 418 stranded and injured animals, 60 of which were sea turtles (2016)

Geographic areas served: the Coastal Bend region of South Texas (across multiple counties)

Programs: veterinary (medical) services, rehabilitation, release of wildlife back into their native habitats, public education programs

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of knowing and working with Dr. Tim Tristan and Amanda for over ten years. As an ARK volunteer, it was beyond fulfilling to work with them to help rehabilitate several stranded dolphin that received care at the ARK facility in Port Aransas before being returned to the wild. I have the utmost respect for their knowledge and the abilities at the Texas Sealife Center and I was honored to help in a small way to help them achieve their dream and open this important facility. Keith McMullin

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am honored to be a small part of the Texas Sealife Center. Dr Tim and Amanda's vision and dedication to helping the sick and injured animals of the Gulf Coast is unparalleled. The Sealife Center is essential for the protection and care of the wildlife both marine and terrestrial of Padre Island. The large numbers of animals they rescue and release makes this point more evident. Again I am so proud to be a small part of something so great.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Texas A&M University-Kingsville has the only veterinary nursing program in Texas that offers a B.S. degree and is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. One of our emphases is on the care, surgery and medicine of wildlife and non-domestic species. The training and education that is afforded our program by TSLC gives our students learning opportunities that translate into career opportunities for our graduates. Dr. Tristan and Amanda Terry have been very helpful and Texas Sea Life Center has been a great resource for us!

Jessica G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the president of a non-profit parrot rescue in the Coastal bend. We frequently get calls to our hotline regarding injured wild birds and shore birds and we usually refer them to Texas Sealife Center. I really appreciate everything that the staff at the Texas Sealife Center does to help not only turtles but also injured birds. Their facility on the Island is a great learning resource for people to discover why it's so important to dispose of your trash properly.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This wonderful facility provides excellent care for injured and ill wildlife. They are a premiere facility, filling a niche that was much needed in our area.


Rating: 5

This is a great facility. The staff and volunteers are very caring. We're lucky to have the Texas SeaLife Center!
Aaron Baxter
Friends of Padre, President


Rating: 5

Saving the lives of shorebirds and sea turtles happens everyday at the Sealife Center. Volunteers take their time and energy to do all they can to protect these valuable creatures.


Rating: 5

I have known Dr. Tim Tristan and Amanda Terry when The Texas Sealife Center was only a dream. I have watched them conquer all the obstacles that were before them to get things started and to keep it running. What do I feel allowed them to do this and keep it going? Their love and devotion to do whatever it takes to aide to our beautiful sealife wildlife.

I am the owner of my own animal business and we stand with and proudly support The Texas Sealife Center in ever way we possibly can.

I look forward to moving back to Texas in the very near future to not only continue my support monetarily, but also to have a hands on approach in assisting as well.

Carolyn Appleton


Rating: 5

I met Dr. Tim Tristan back when I was living and working in Corpus Christi, Texas (through fall, 2010). We have kept up ever since on Facebook. Texas Sealife Center is all-volunteer and overseen by trained professional veterinarians. Its work is truly lifesaving, and I cannot fathom how the Center has continued operating with no paid staff. I understand plans for an employee are on the horizon, so stay tuned. The volunteers are incredibly devoted, they work 24-7, and they are handling an ever-increasing number of injured and stranded wildlife along the Texas Gulf Coast, which is why I urge everyone to donate today. You can also find the Center's "wish list" of items on Amazon.com, and you can make Texas Sealife Center your charity of choice on Amazon Smile. There is no more worthy nonprofit to support than Texas Sealife Center!