EIN 74-2042030

Sea Turtle

IRS 501(c) type
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We are a 501(c)(3)nonprofit sea turtle hospital. The mission of Sea Turtle, Inc. is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured sea turtles, educate the public, and assist with conservation efforts for all marine turtle species. Rehabilitation of injured/sick sea turtles. Care and placement of non-releasable turtles. Healthy sea turtles are released back into the wild. Non-releasable sea turtles are used for educational purposes. In 2013, released 167 live rehabilitated sea turtles, recovered 143 dead turtles, and transferred three non-releasable sea turtles to Dallas and Phoenix.
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Program areas at Sea Turtle

The Education Program's objectives focus on educating and providing information to the public on conservation, marine sea turtles, rehabilitation, and being good ocean stewards. The objectives are accomplished via onsite education, field trips, and virtual programs and field trips. Through our education center onsite visitors learn about our mission and programs. Visitors have access to our turtle resident center and rehabilitation hospital. In 2022, students and general public visitors to our facility learned about our mission via field trips, online, and onsite education programs.
Conservation efforts include beach patrols. nest protection, excavation, corral creating and oversight. Each year from March to September, we patrol by foot and ATV more than 50 miles of beach to watch and respond to nesting female sea turtles. In 2022, we logged thousands of patrolling hours and covered miles. Our patrolling efforts resulted in locating turtle nests, excavation, and protection of thousands of eggs and the release of hatching sea turtles. These conservation efforts are accomplished through the efforts of permanent
Our rehabilitation efforts included turtle rescues, rehabilitation, releasing turtles back to the Gulf of Mexico, and educational programs for school children and general public visiting our facilities. Our rehabilitation center provided care to sick and injured turtles, and sea turtles that live in our facility permanently. We retrieved DOA turtles and successfully released turtles into the ocean. The rehabilitation program includes providing sea turtles with medical treatment, medication, scans, surgeries, and any other treatment or rehabilitation needed to treat the injured or sick turtles.

Who funds Sea Turtle

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Musk FoundationSupport Education, Conservation, and Rehabilitation Programs for Sea Turtles$2,082,265
Association of Zoos and AquariumsEndangered Species Covid Relief$732,301
OneocAnimal Welfare$250,000
...and 22 more grants received totalling $3,616,472

Personnel at Sea Turtle

Wendy KnightChief Executive Officer$0
Sanjuana ZavalaDirector of Marketing and Development | Facebook and Google Ads Certified Marketer Media Inquiries
Hannah CathermanDirector of Education | Certified Interpretive Guide Nai
Chris GormanDirector of Animal Care Learn
Chris JoinedDirector of Animal Care
...and 8 more key personnel

Financials for Sea Turtle

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$4,312,675
Program services$1,303,779
Investment income and dividends$4,831
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$729,681
Miscellaneous revenues$106,184
Total revenues$6,457,150

Form 990s for Sea Turtle

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-10-31990View PDF
2021-122023-01-12990View PDF
2021-122022-10-17990View PDF
2020-122023-01-12990View PDF
2020-122022-07-25990View PDF
...and 10 more Form 990s

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Data update history
January 21, 2024
Updated personnel
Identified 2 new personnel
January 20, 2024
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
January 2, 2024
Received grants
Identified 10 new grant, including a grant for $2,082,265 from Musk Foundation
December 13, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 5 new personnel
October 25, 2023
Received grants
Identified 3 new grant, including a grant for $30,000 from Shelton Family Foundation
Nonprofit Types
Social advocacy organizationsWildlife protection organizationsAnimal organizationsHeadquarter / parent organizationsCharities
Arts, cultural, and humanitiesAnimalsWildlife
Conservation easementFundraising eventsReceives government fundingEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringTax deductible donations
General information
PO Box 3987
South Padre Island, TX 78597
Metro area
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
Website URL
(956) 761-4511
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IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
D34: Wildlife Sanctuary, Refuge
NAICS code, primary
813312: Environment, Conservation, and Wildlife Organizations
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