Research is a key component of SeaWorld’s larger commitment to conservation and animal welfare, and was established as a priority by our founders nearly five decades ago. This commitment includes publishing our own research, sharing our parks and animals as controlled research environments, and funding and supporting projects around the world.
Our parks provide a unique environment that allows our team and outside researchers and scientists to better understand marine mammals. SeaWorld’s animal health professionals contribute meaningful science learned through the care of these animals. Additionally, we are deeply integrated with universities and research organisations and provide access to our animals for scientists conducting studies on a variety of subjects. These studies complement and strengthen research efforts in the field.
We also provide direct support, both material and funding, to field researchers. This support is offered directly by SeaWorld, through grants from the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, and by research foundations associated with and supported by SeaWorld, including the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute.
The animal health team and scientists of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment have contributed to more than 1,000 published studies that advance the global scientific community’s understanding of animals. SeaWorld’s contributions have led to advances in the care of animals in both zoological facilities and wild populations.