If you enjoy Florida (USA) theme parks, you must have heard of SeaWorld Orlando, with attractions focused on marine life. The park is part of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, an organization that provides differentiated experiences and inspires visitors not only to protect animals but also to discover the wonders of the wild. Responsibly, of course!
No wonder the group is among the world’s leading zoological companies, leading animal rescue and rehabilitation projects, species preservation and a multitude of research projects. The result of it all? In addition to the enormous good for the planet – after all, over 50 years around 40,000 animals were helped –, the noble mission of mixing environmental education and entertainment. Cool huh?
SEAWORLD: FROM ANIMAL RESCUE TO REDUCING PLASTIC AND WATER USE
1. Reduction of plastic use at all SeaWorld group parks
First of all, the idea is to draw your attention to a worrying fact: did you know that, every year, about eight million tons of plastic reach the ocean? And that’s not all, since another 150 million tons are already circulating around the planet. As a result, since 2018 none of the 12 parks in the SeaWorld group have used straws and disposable plastic bags . This attitude is part of the mission to protect animals and their habitats around the globe.
2. Bet on renewable energy
The group has been investing more and more in renewable energy, as it causes fewer negative impacts on the environment. Aquatica San Diego, for example, one of the great names of SeaWorld Parks, uses solar panels, which generate 80% to 90% of the energy used in the complex.
3. Less emission of gases, more recycling
The company has reduced its own greenhouse gas emissions by 9% over the years, as well as expanded its waste recycling program by more than 50%. At the same time, there are a number of efforts already taken to save water. In this sense, it is worth mentioning the collection of rainwater, the reuse of water for cooling buildings, and even the adaptation of the landscaping of the parks in order to require less irrigation.
4. Conservation of Orcas
If you don’t already know this, here’s some pretty cool news: SeaWorld founded the Orcas Research and Conservation Program. Today, it is led by the National Fisheries and Wildlife Foundation and aims to develop research and contribute to the conservation of these giant marine mammals. Supporting the program is part of SeaWorld’s $ 10 million commitment to fund and help the cause.
In addition, all research conducted at the parks is done by their own teams. Despite this, this team of professionals has the support of scientists from universities and world-renowned organizations. This is the case, for example, at the University of California (UCLA), in Los Angeles, in the United States.
5. Rescue and rehabilitation of animals at any time of day
As we anticipated at the beginning of this post, SeaWorld rescue teams have helped over 40,000 sick, injured, or orphaned animals over the years. In other words, this equates to an average of two animals per day! All teams in the group are on call 24 hours a day. These good guys work seven days a week, 365 days a year, in partnership with zoos and government and conservation agencies. All to rehabilitate and return animals to nature.
The group takes this responsibility so seriously that the company-created SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has donated more than $ 19 million to more than 1,200 species conservation projects across the globe. This money was used to restore coral reefs, prevent coastal erosion, protect habitats, and clean beaches and oceans, for example.
6. Only animals that cannot return to nature stay in SeaWorld parks
Above all, don’t be in any doubt: all SeaWorld animals live in safe environments and are monitored day and night by engineers, veterinarians, and a variety of other specialists. After all, the number one goal is to meet the needs of each species and provide peaceful experiences for pets.
The habitats planned for them allow them to behave similarly to what they would have in the wild. Only those who can not return to the environment remain there. Likewise, new animals are no longer brought into parks; all care goes to the species that already live there.
7. Support for the conservation of the pink dolphin
Most likely you‘ve heard of the pink dolphin, right? Unfortunately, this heritage, which is even part of our folklore and can be found throughout the Amazon basin, has been under threat for some years. This is because these mammals are not only facing problems such as pollution and habitat degradation but are also victims of hunting and are often used as bait for fishing.