Melbourne, FL – In a remarkable display of philanthropy, Sara and David Scaife’s passion for wildlife and environmental conservation manifested in a substantial $5 million donation to the Brevard Zoo. This gift, announced following the couple’s inspiring visit to the zoo, marks a significant milestone in the development of a new regional aquarium, set to revolutionize marine conservation and public engagement.
The Scaifes, recent transplants to Florida’s Vero Beach, are known for their deep commitment to animal welfare and environmental issues through their Scaife Family Foundation. Their foundation’s history of aiding various organizations aligns seamlessly with the aims of the Brevard Zoo’s new project. This connection was sparked during their visit to the zoo, where they were struck by the friendly and informed volunteers, leading to their decision to contribute to the zoo’s vision.
Last year, State Representative Randy Fine stripped the zoo of millions in funding when they decided to not host fundraisers for political campaigns after he repeatedly wrongfully advertised they were sponsoring his run for state senate.
This sizable donation will specifically fund the Scaife Family Sea Turtle Care Complex, a novel addition to the planned aquarium. The complex aims to combine visitor engagement with critical conservation efforts, featuring a state-of-the-art sea turtle hospital. This facility will not only treat and rehabilitate these endangered creatures but also educate the public through its transparent design, allowing visitors to witness the care process firsthand.