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Fall for the ARK

Ark Rehabilitation Keep Fundraiser

The Amos Rehabilitation Keep, founded by Tony Amos, ARK Director, is celebrating its 41st anniversary! Friends of the ARK is hosting the annual Fall for the ARK fundraiser and we are hoping you can help support this great event!

It will be held at the Civic Center, 710 W. Ave A, Port Aransas, TX on October 7. 2023 at 6 p.m., with the evening cash bar provided by CC Liquors Catering. Dinner will be provided by Third Coast Catering as we listen to great music by The Cleartones. Silent and Live auctions will be available throughout the evening to help raise funds.

Sponsor level table of 8 for $1000.

Individual tickets are $50.

Donations for auction items are greatly appreciated.

We have been raising funds for the contents of the new hospital that has been in the works. Friends of the ARK donated $190,000 to the ARK so far to be earmarked to purchase state of the art hospital equipment once the building is built. The old “bird building” has been torn down and a temporary hospital is in place at the ARK. Currently we are raising funds for a $45,000 freezer that is greatly needed.


830 animals including 253 turtles and 577 birds have been cared for just this year. Donations are all tax deductible and extremely appreciated!

Please call the number below for donate auction items and to purchase your tickets to the event!


See you there!


The University of Texas
Marine Science Institute
750 Channel View Drive
Port Aransas, TX 78373
Phone: 361-332-6361




A little about the ARK:

The Amos Rehabilitation Keep, or ARK, rehabilitates marine turtles and marine birds from the coastal zone of Mustang Island and St. Joseph Island.  Consultative and collaborative services are available to marine wildlife rehabilitation facilities and staff at all other locations and regions.

The ARK is not open to the public. Guided tours are available by reservation.

If you see a stranded or nesting sea turtle call the Turtle Hotline: 1-866-TURTLE5. 

If you see an injured shore bird, call the ARK Hotline (361)749-6793.

If you have an inquiry about injured non-marine animals such as opossums, raccoons, squirrels, gophers, skunks, non-web-footed birds, or owls please refer to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s directory of wildlife rehabilitators for the appropriate organization.

It is our mission to:

  • Rescue and rehabilitate marine birds and turtles found sick or injured from the coastal zone of Mustang Island and St. Joseph Island.
  • Release those animals that recover back to their native habitat.
  • Educate the public about local wildlife and human impacts on our coastal area.
  • Increase our knowledge through association with veterinarians and professional societies of how to treat, house, and release our animal patients using up-to-date wildlife rehabilitation techniques to increase our release success rates.
  • Improve our facilities so that we can safely house and treat turtles and birds year-round, independent of seasonal climate changes.

The ARK also deals with stranded (dead) sea turtles and marine mammals through our long association with the national and state stranding networks (Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network [STSSN] and the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network [TMMSN]).

ARK Tours are now available


Care for injured coastal marine birds and turtles. This job is rewarding, but tough. If you love coastal critters and don’t mind cleaning cages, doing laundry, and cutting up fish then the ARK is the place for you.

Turtle Patrol

Conduct sea turtle surveys using the ARK’s ATV during the nesting season (March 1 – September 15) or assist on San Jose Island with beach surveys. Perform animal rescues (after training) or pick up animals at various locations outside the Mustang Island area.

A volunteer at the ARK must complete the appropriate volunteer forms, including a Background Check form, together with a copy of his/her own health insurance coverage.

Click here for more information about volunteering and required forms.

October 7 @ 18:00
18:00 — 19:00 (1h)

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