ATLANTA (April 28, 2015) – Georgia Aquarium received a $50,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE: UPS). The grant will be used toward Georgia Aquarium’s Caribbean Coral Conservation program in partnership with the Coral Restoration Foundation.
The UPS Foundation’s continued generosity will allow teams of biologists to travel throughout the year to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and re-plant critically endangered Staghorn and Elkhorn coral fragments onto the degraded Molasses Reef. Over the past four years, hundreds of fragments have been re-planted, coral spawn has been collected to strengthen genetic diversity through sexual propagation techniques, and a ‘bank tank’ was constructed at the Aquarium to hold coral samples.
“Georgia Aquarium is grateful for the generosity of The UPS Foundation towards the Caribbean Coral Conservation program,” said Mark Schafer, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Georgia Aquarium. “Their continued support has helped conservation efforts to restore and protect coral reefs, one of the most valuable ecosystems on Earth, for current and future generations.”
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety and the environment.
In 2014, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $104.2 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
“The UPS Foundation is honored to support the Georgia Aquarium’s coral conservation efforts,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”
To learn more about Georgia Aquarium’s coral restoration efforts, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.
ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM
Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Ga., is one of the world’s most dynamic aquariums—containing more than 10 million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of Georgia Aquarium is to be a premier scientific institution delivering an awe-inspiring entertainment experience which supports animal research and conservation; inspires learning; and instills a passion for the aquatic world. Its exhibits and programs are of the highest standards, offering engaging guest encounters that promote the conservation of marine biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.