For over 50 years, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment which includes the SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove parks, have been leaders in wildlife conservation, research and conservation education. The parks provide a unique environment to connect with animals and inspire audiences to help protect the natural spaces we all depend on, and the dedicated zoological professionals that work at the parks dedicate their expertise to assisting animals in the wild. The people we encounter every day at our parks are often inspired to take action, and the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund was, in part, created to provide a way that people can help make a difference.
The Fund was established as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit private foundation in 2003, and initially provided resources for a wide variety of conservation programs worldwide that aligned with four key areas: animal rescue and rehabilitation, conservation education, habitat protection, and species research. Over the last decade, the Fund has continued to support these areas of focus, but has also developed specific conservation priorities within these areas.
SeaWorld’s commitment to research and conservation is far reaching and has led to advances in the care of animals in both zoological facilities and wild populations.
Not only does SeaWorld support critical conservation work across the globe through the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, which already has delivered $14 million to more than 800 worthwhile charity conservation projects around the globe, but we also operate one of the world’s most respected wildlife rescue programmes helping over 29,000 ill, injured, orphaned, and abandoned animals to date. SeaWorld’s ground-breaking research programmes, run in conjunction with universities and government agencies, help scientists better understand and protect marine animals in the wild. Many of the things we know today about wild killer whales were learned at the SeaWorld parks – including their vocal communication, reproduction and hearing range.
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