Shanon Gann To Head Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center

August 30, 2018

The Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center has announced that Shanon Gann, a Florida Atlantic University biology graduate with 15 years experience working in wildlife rehabilitation and research, has been appointed to head the zoo’s sea turtle rehabilitation and healing center. Gann served as the zoo’s sea turtle program coordinator from July 2016 until she was promoted to head the center. Gann succeeds Melanie Stadler, who oversaw the center for three years. 

Shanon Gann

Brevard Zoo Sea Turtle Healing Center

Shanon Gann will oversee the staff, including 50+ volunteers, as they work to rehabilitate injured sea turtles brought to the center.

“I’ve always sensed a calling to help animals in need,” Gann said in a statement released by the zoo. “Sea turtle rehabilitation is the most demanding, overwhelming and, at times, heartbreaking experience I’ve ever had, but it’s ultimately the most rewarding. I look forward to building on the Healing Center’s momentum to give even more patients a second shot at life.” 

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Gann will oversee efforts to help injured sea turtles that are brought into the healing center, and will coordinate with the more than 50 volunteers who contribute their time to keep the facility running. The center is part of the zoo’s department of veterinary programs, led by Dr. Trevor Zachariah.

You can follow the progress of the sea turtles who arrive at the center via the zoo's "Meet the Patients" turtle rehabilitation blog. 

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