Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, parent company of SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove, have pledged their expertise, facilities, manpower and resources to aid animals affected by the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Both HSWRI and SeaWorld are active in both beached animal rescue and treatment of animals affected by exposure to crude oil and other petroleum products. SeaWorld parks rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of ill, orphaned, injured and abandoned animals each year; more than 1,000 in just the first four months of 2010.
SeaWorld and HSWRI have been active in oil spill response for many years. The San Diego-based non-profit research foundation pioneered techniques for cleaning birds, reptiles and mammals exposed to crude oil, and treating illness and injury associated with crude oil exposure. More than SeaWorld staff members are trained in basic animal care response to oil spills.
“The Gulf spill has the potential to be one of the most damaging environmental events in U.S. history,” said Dr. Judy St. Leger, a SeaWorld veterinary pathologist and scientific advisor to OWCN. “Like many animal rehabilitation and zoological institutions across the country, we at SeaWorld and Hubbs are ready to provide any assistance authorities in the Gulf might feel is beneficial.”