SEAmail, our new periodic e-newsletter, features heart-warming moments that take place in our 10 parks and their local communities – moments made possible by people who are committed to making a difference. The latest edition includes efforts to save a baby beluga whale, making a difference for children with autism and more.
Inspiring news for community leaders from the
ten parks of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Letter from Jim Atchison:
Every day in our parks, team members' passion and ingenuity create extraordinary results -- from saving a newborn dolphin calf that would die in the wild to helping scientists better understand the biology of elephants. One of these innovations occurs this month at Sesame Place. They are making a difference for children with autism, making sensory and dietary accommodations so that these children can enjoy the park with their families. We hope to make a difference. One child. One guest. One animal at a time.
Baby Beluga Saved by SeaWorld San Diego
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Unlocking Animal Mysteries
Animal experts at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay are working on research projects that will provide valuable information for the zoological community. One project uses infrared technology to determine how the park’s Asian elephants regulate body heat. By documenting how these elephants shed excess heat into the environment at night and how they cool down during the day, park experts are gaining valuable insight into this important aspect of animal biology. Read more.
SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team returned its 1,000th sea turtle to the wild.The team's success rate in caring for threatened or endangered sea turtles is remarkably high. Sixty-eight percent of the turtles brought to SeaWorld in the past 30 years have been returned to the wild after hands-on care and TLC by turtle experts and veterinarians. Each sea turtle was rescued by the staff or brought to the park due to cold stress, injuries from nets, fishing line and hooks, ingestion of trash such as plastic bags, boat strikes, natural causes and, most recently, oil contamination. Read more.
SeaWorld’s goal for all rescued animals is to successfully rehabilitate them for return to the wild. A small percentage of rescued animals have injuries too debilitating to permit release. Such was the case for Holly and Flo, two brown pelicans at SeaWorld San Antonio. Both birds suffered from broken wings – Holly’s wing had to be amputated – making their return to the wild impossible. They are now animal ambassadors for their species, helping guests appreciate the beauty and fragility of the natural world.
Every year Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s animal ambassadors and their handlers visit dozens of schools, community centers and festivals to educate the public about wildlife conservation. Recently at Historic Jamestowne the park’s feathered friends, including a bald eagle, helped teach more than 200 visitors the importance of habitat protection. Read more.
SeaWorld San Antonio Provides Permanent "Roost" For Pair of Resuced Pelicans
Approximately one in 150 children in the U.S. has autism or a related disorder. In April Sesame Place is opening its doors to children diagnosed with autism for an exclusive fun-filled day at the park. Accommodations are being made to adjust to the children’s sensory and dietary needs such as altering the park’s shows and offering gluten- and casein-free foods. Read more.
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April 2011 Edition