SeaWorld recently surpassed 40,000 rescues!
SeaWorld has surpassed the milestone of rescuing 40,000 injured, sick, and orphaned animals, underscoring the unrelenting need to help animals in need.
With assionately dedicated time, energy, and resources to help a wide range of animal species since its first rescue of a beached Dall’s porpoise in 1965. SeaWorld is a professionally accredited zoo and one of the largest marine animal rescue organizations in the world. A portion of proceeds from SeaWorld tickets and in park purchases goes toward funding rescue and rehabilitation.
Team of animal care experts
The SeaWorld team of veterinarians and animal care experts have been caring for animals for more than fifty years and amassed substantial expertise, some of which is used by other zoos and aquariums worldwide. Each rescue team member undergoes training at SeaWorld and in the field alongside our stranding network partners. They must also have a strong working knowledge of nets, boats, animal safety, transporting animals, oil spills, first aid, CPR, water rescues and much more. Rescue supervisors average 10+ years of animal care experience and rescue curators, or park rescue leaders, average more than 20 years. The cumulative experience enables SeaWorld to cultivate and train the next generation of experts.
Rescue and Rehabilitation
SeaWorld has dedicated rescue and rehabilitation facilities at every park. Each is equipped to care for the species most often rescued. For example, seals, sea lions, and sea otters on the West coast; manatees and dolphins on the East coast. Some operations are the largest of their kind such as SeaWorld Orlando, the largest manatee rescue operation in the U.S. One of only five critical care centers in the US. Its five-acre rescue center can care for up to 60 manatees at a time.
Rescue Requires Specialized Emergency Care Expertise
Rescued animals undergo from quite a lot of circumstances equivalent to hunger, chilly gorgeous, dehydration, shark assaults, propeller wounds, entanglements. And lots of are discovered to be dependent orphans. The causes of those circumstances vary extensively from pure occasions like drops in temperature and displacement from storms to anthropocentric circumstances like oil spills, fishhook and line accidents, ingestion of overseas objects like plastic, boat strikes and lack of meals sources from air pollution.
Offering Lengthy Time period Care to Rescued Animals that Can’t Survive on their Personal
Sea World’s aim is at all times to return rescued animals to their pure environments. Nevertheless, sure well being circumstances could make survival without human care unlikely or inconceivable. In these cases, wildlife authorities decide whether or not an animal may be returned and if not, zoos and aquariums like SeaWorld present long run care and everlasting houses.
For instance, every SeaWorld Park has a sea turtle habitat that features rescued sea turtles. Every deemed non-releasable by wildlife authorities. SeaWorld San Diego can be a perpetually house to 5 southern sea otters initially stranded and rescued. All as a part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Analysis and Conservation program and deemed by wildlife authorities to be non-returnable. Offering long-term care to non-returnable animals permits friends in our parks to be taught extra concerning. The particular challenges they confronted within the wild.
Quote from the chief zoological officer
Dr. Chris Dold, Chief Zoological Officer of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment said, “Our teams are responsible for the care and well-being of thousands of animals – both those rescued and in residence – and while we’d much rather live in a world where wildlife doesn’t need our help to thrive in healthy abundance, that’s not today’s reality.
Rescue and rehabilitation can save the lives of individual animals. In some cases supports the preservation of endangered and threatened species, like the Florida manatee. That is why we do this work. And why it is so important for accredited zoos and aquariums like ours to continue efforts to help animals that cannot survive on their own.”
About SeaWorld Entertainment
SeaWorld is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter. And inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The Company is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations. A global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry, and veterinary care.
The Company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world. It has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The Company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals. All that are ill, injured, orphaned, or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld rescue team has helped more than 40,000 animals in need over the Company’s history!
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