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National Aquarium plans fundraising drive for new care center

National Aquarium plans fundraising drive for new care center

The brick warehouse on Wolfe Street in Fells Point appears almost abandoned, but inside it teems with life.

The property houses the National Aquarium's animal care center, home to 1,000 to 1,500 animals at any given time — turtles, seals, sharks, trout, and tropical fish, even the occasional caiman (a relative of the crocodile).

The National Aquarium started construction this winter on a new $20 million animal care and rescue center in a former office in Jonestown. While the organization can fund the project through a line of credit, it hopes to raise about half the funds from private donors in a campaign to be launched later this year, said CEO John Racanelli.

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