Animal Care and Rescue Center

A BLUEprint Priority Project

The time is right to build a new Animal Care and Rescue Center in Baltimore’s historic Jonestown neighborhood. From comprehensive animal care and rehabilitation for up to 5,000 animals, to the meticulous fabrication of intricate habitats and the production of 15,000 gallons of saltwater monthly, the Center will foster continued excellence and increased efficiency.

The Animal Care and Rescue Center embodies our commitment to our city, its people and its future.




Rescued, Rehabilitated and Released



Meet Lily

When a grey seal pup with bilateral fractures to her lower jaw appeared on a Delaware beach, National Aquarium Animal Rescue staff responded immediately. After long-term rehabilitation under the expert care of our staff, the seal pup—nicknamed Lily—made a full recovery and returned to her ocean home.

A Modern Facility to Foster Our Vision

The new Animal Care and Rescue Center will more than double our capacity to care for off-exhibit and rescued animals. It will also house state-of-the-art equipment for critical water production and space for exhibit fabrication.

This new facility will be the beating heart of the National Aquarium, powering all that we do.

Guests will experience our animal welfare work as never before at the Center, where an enclosed overlook gallery will allow them to witness the extensive work that takes place behind the scenes. Marine science and STEM opportunities will come to life for school groups through classroom activities and guided exploration.

By providing each animal with optimal care, we are truly living our mission to inspire and protect.

A Closer Look

Construction continues at the future site of our Animal Care and Rescue Center, located in Baltimore’s historic Jonestown neighborhood. The Center is slated to be complete in early 2018.

The Center will feature room to care for up to 5,000 animals off-exhibit.

Students will enjoy both classroom activities and guided exploration.

State-of-the-art equipment will offer individualized care for each animal.

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