Aquariums in North Carolina bring joy and wonder to families across the state, and they also play an important role in educating the public with animal ambassadors.
At the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, animal ambassadors are used to teach visitors more about conservation and specific species.
“Animal Ambassadors are not pets; they are animals we keep in house,” said educator Cady Breslin. “They are not on display to public because they are obviously getting a different experience.”
Instead, alligators like Lex are here for educational purposes. Lex cannot be found in one of the regular habitats — she is usually with one of the educators serving an important purpose at the aquarium.
“They are ambassadors to let the people know how animals should be treated, what’s the best conservation practices for them, teaches about habitats so they are basically a connection to