For over 40 years, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and Discovery Cove have maintained a quiet commitment to the rescue and rehabilitation of animals in need - be they ill, injured, orphaned, or otherwise requiring care. What has become an extraordinary commitment did not start as a grand idea. Quite the contrary. It began with a single animal in need of help. Our staff committed their time, effort, and energy toward the rescue and rehabilitation of that first animal. Then one rescue became two. Two became three.
Today, over 17,000 distressed animals have been sheparded through our rescue program. (That's the equivalent of helping one animal every day since that first rescue way back in 1965!) So what started as a single act of kindness has become a singular commitment to animals in need. We may not speak of it often. We may not speak of it loudly. Without question, though, our Rescue & Rehabilitation program is one of our proudest efforts. It is a core part of who we are and what we strive to be.