Since their start in 1964, SeaWorld rescued over 35,000 animals. Jon Petersen (JP), Sr. Leader of Zoological Operations of Orlando’s location explains their main goal is to maintain a healthy living environment.
As an organization, we want to get to a place where we conduct fewer rescue operations, not more, but right now there are a lot of ill, distressed or stranded wild animals in need. We’re not there yet, but there’s much more awareness now of the impact that humans are having on the ocean’s health and the animals that live in the ocean than there was when I started on the rescue team, and that gives us hope. Part of SeaWorld’s mission is to increase awareness and education of the true impact humans are having on our oceans and the detrimental effects on marine wildlife.
SeaWorld emphasizes its mission currently at the top banner of their website.
We’re on a mission, and it’s big. But not impossible. Together we’re going to protect marine life and the oceans they call home. Your visit to SeaWorld isn’t just a chance to feel connected to the ocean and its creatures – it’s a chance for you to play a part in protecting our planet. Each ticket, each visit, each experience at our parks helps fund wildlife rescue and rehabilitation efforts, habitat protections, and ocean health initiatives.
In 1982, former U.S. President Ronald Reagan declared June as National Zoo and Aquarium Month.
Animal Rescue Numbers
716 Manatees – Photo Credit: SeaWorld 317 Other Mammals – Photo Credit: SeaWorld
- On June 8 (World Oceans Day), SeaWorld’s Rescue Team created a separate Instagram account to advocate their 24/7 availability.
- SeaWorld partners with conservation groups that specialize in environment, education, zoological, and governmental.
SeaWorld to Disney Directions
- SeaWorld Orlando is a less than 20-minute commute from Disney World.
- SeaWorld San Diego is an hour and a half south of Disneyland.