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September 15, 2017

SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Team on the Move After Hurricane Irma

 Reports of displaced, stranded animals keep teams busy


Orlando, Fla. (Sept. 15, 2017) – As Florida continues to clean up in the wake of Hurricane Irma, it’s been a busy week for the SeaWorld Orlando Rescue team. Reports of stranded, displaced and injured animals have increased, and the park’s rescue team, along with partner and government agencies, has been called to assist.

On Thursday, Sept. 14, a manatee calf was found orphaned or abandoned in Southwest Florida, presumably as a result of Hurricane Irma.  Manatee calves and moms have tight bonds, and if a calf is seen without a mom around for several hours it's very likely that calf has been orphaned.  Since manatees nurse for 1-2 years, a calf on its own has very little chance of survival.  

July 13, 2017

SWIM WITH SHARKS AT DISCOVERY COVE

New Immersive Programs Bring Guests Closer to Marine

 Life than Ever Before
 

(Orlando, Fla.) July 13, 2017 –In celebration of Shark Awareness Day on July 14, guests at Discovery Cove can now take part in exclusive new animal experiences at the park. Discovery Cove has always been known for its memorable dolphin interactions, and now guests can enhance their visit with one of-a-kind, hands-on encounters with sharks and stingrays.
The awe-inspiring Shark Swim program provides closer-than-ever encounters with legendary predators. While guests have always been able to view park’s sharks, the new program takes them on a daring next step – swimming freely among five species: Pacific blacktip, reef whitetip, nurse shark, zebra shark, and a spotted wobbegong.

July 12, 2017

SEAWORLD ADDS NEW KILLER WHALE UP-CLOSE TOUR

 New Tour Invites Guests to Engage With the Park’s Killer Whales in Ways Never Before Offered

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 11, 2017) – Visitors to SeaWorld Orlando now have the opportunity to experience the park’s majestic killer whales in a brand-new way. The Killer Whale Up-Close Tour gives guests the opportunity to meet the park’s killer whales in ways never before offered at the park. The 45-minute tour includes learning from the park’s killer whale trainers, meeting the whales and understanding their unique personalities and even taking part in an interaction with one off the whales.

During the tour, which takes place daily, SeaWorld’s trainers share stories and information about the killer whales, demonstrate how the whales take part in voluntary husbandry sessions and discuss their healthcare, feeding habits and more. The engaging and interactive tour also gives participants the chance to try their hand at a session with the whales alongside a trainer. Throughout the entire experience, guests can take photos to help forever preserve the memory of the one-of-a-kind experience. 

April 7, 2017

SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium Introduces Toddler Tuesdays

Orlando’s only aquarium sails into spring
with interactive toddler events


Orlando, Fla. – Apr. 7 2017 - SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium has announced a new initiative to offer an enhanced experience for the youngest underwater animal enthusiasts and their parents. Titled “Toddler Tuesdays”, the program provides an up-close, hands-on experience that is fun and unique – with an early opening hour and affordable pricing to match.

Starting this month, each Tuesday from 9:30am -10:30 a.m., guests can visit the aquarium and be a part of an exclusive, age-appropriate program filled with coloring, story time and animal feeding activities. The program will offer a variety of changing creature-feature topics focusing on the aquarium’s best-loved animals including sharks, turtles, sea horses, and more.

Each Toddler Tuesday event will feature:
-       Meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with Magnus, SEA LIFE’s shark mascot
-       Story time at the Indian Ocean exhibit
-       An animal feeding experience
-       Sing-a-longs, coloring sessions and more activities to teach fun facts about underwater animals
-       Admission to the aquarium

March 5, 2017

SeaWorld Orlando Returns Four Rehabilitated Loggerhead Sea Turtles to the Wild


Orlando, Fla. (March 3, 2017) – After several months of specialized care, four loggerhead sea turtles are back home in the ocean thanks to SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Care Team and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The turtles were released Wednesday morning at Canaveral National Seashore.
Three of the Loggerhead Sea Turtles arrived at SeaWorld Orlando last December after flying across the country from Massachusetts. During the winter months, sea turtles are susceptible to “cold stun” from the frigid northern water temperatures. The New England Aquarium in Boston sent 19 rescued sea turtles on a flight to Tampa for rehabilitation. SeaWorld, along with several Florida marine life organizations responded to help care for the animals. Upon arrival at SeaWorld the sea turtles were given antibiotics and treated for mild pneumonia. The fourth turtle arrived at SeaWorld from the Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience in St. Augustine late last May. Upon arrival, the sub-adult Loggerhead was emaciated, lethargic, and covered in barnacles. After eight months of fluid therapy and digestive care at SeaWorld, the turtle made a full recovery.

SeaWorld Orlando Welcomes Spring with New Show “Dolphin Days”

Guests make connections as deep as the ocean at Dolphin Theater


Orlando, Fla. (March 2, 2017) - SeaWorld Orlando will launch a new show called Dolphin Days, immersing guests into the world of the ocean’s most playful ambassadors. Dolphin Days, will debut on Saturday, April 1, replacing the popular Blue Horizons® after an eleven-year run at Dolphin Theater. In the new presentation, the audience will learn more about the individual personalities of each Atlantic bottlenose dolphin while witnessing the special bond they share with their trainers. A soaring rainbow of macaws and other tropical birds will also delight guests, uniting the mysteries of the deep oceans with the wonder and beauty of the skies above.

February 28, 2017

Orphaned Manatee Calf Starts Her New Life in the Wild

SeaWorld’s Rescue, Rehabilitation and Return Program Comes Full Circle for Blanche the Manatee


Orlando, Fla. (February 28, 2017) – Almost three years after she was rescued, a female manatee has returned to the Florida’s natural waters. Amidst cheers and bittersweet tears, SeaWorld Orlando’s Rescue Team returned Blanche to Port St. John, Florida and watched her swim away, ready to begin her life in the wild.  

On July 21, 2014, Blanche was an orphan calf, estimated to be only two weeks old, when she was found swimming alone in the Indian River. She was rescued by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and brought to SeaWorld Orlando. Weighing in at only 48 pounds and measuring 48 inches in length, Blanche required around-the-clock care, including regular bottle feedings. She responded well to the immediate care she received and continued to thrive at SeaWorld’s Manatee Rehabilitation Center. Each day marked another day closer to the ultimate goal of being returned to her natural environment.

Brevard Zoo Releases Sea Turtle

Earlier this evening at 5 p.m. at Hightower Beach Park in Satellite Beach, Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center released Merriam, a subadult male loggerhead sea turtle. Merriam was admitted last year on Dictionary Day (October 16). He was found floating sideways in the water with barnacles, algae and an open wound on his shell, which indicated a severe body cavity infection. Staff and volunteers treated the turtle with fluids, antibiotics, vitamins and nutritious food and applied honey to his wound.

Found in oceans all over the world, loggerheads are considered “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Entanglement in fishing gear, poaching, coastal habitat loss and climate change pose the most significant threats to this species.


February 16, 2017

FLORIDA - Dozens of flamingos arrive at Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., February 16, 2017 — On Wednesday morning, 40 Chilean flamingos flocked into their new habitat at Brevard Zoo.

The newcomers, which came from another Florida facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, share the space with 11 Chilean and two American flamingos that had already been residing at the Zoo. A new structure was built to provide all of the birds with shelter and nesting opportunities.

“We expect to see more breeding behaviors and, hopefully, chicks in the coming years, which would be a first for us,” said Michelle Smurl, the Zoo’s director of animal programs. “The space was designed around the flamingos’ needs.”

Florida Institute of Technology animal behaviorist Dr. Darby Proctor and her students will observe and document the birds’ behavior from the perimeter of the exhibit.

Chilean flamingos are native to wetlands in several South American countries. They are considered “near threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources due to egg harvesting and habitat loss.

Brevard Zoo is home to more than 800 animals representing 180 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.
Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.

January 31, 2017

FLORIDA - Abandoned kangaroo receives care at Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., January 31, 2017 — A tiny red kangaroo abandoned by her mother has another shot at life thanks to the dedication of Brevard Zoo’s animal care team. She is the fifth joey born to five-year-old mother Jacie.

The as-yet-unnamed female, who is approximately five months old, was discovered out of Jacie’s pouch on Monday, January 23. She was likely ejected from the pouch due to stress from a storm the night prior. After several unsuccessful attempts to reunite the two, animal care managers made the decision to raise the joey by hand.

“Red kangaroos don’t start emerging from the pouch until they’re about seven months old,” said Michelle Smurl, the Zoo’s director of animal programs. “We think this joey is five months old, so the situation is still very precarious.”  

Keepers feed the joey every four hours, day and night, and weigh her once per day.
The Zoo’s kangaroo mob is living behind the scenes and will return for public viewing in late May when the Australasia section of the Zoo reopens as Lands of Change: Australia and Beyond.

Brevard Zoo is home to more than 800 animals representing 180 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.

Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.

January 25, 2017

SeaWorld Orlando’s “Wetsuit Penguin” Starts the New Year with New Feathers

(ORLANDO, Fla.) January 24, 2016 – Wonder Twin, the female penguin who received a custom wetsuit as a part of her specialized care at SeaWorld Orlando, has started 2017 with a fresh coat of feathers.

Wonder Twin’s story captured a great deal of attention when guests of the park began to see her in the Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin habitat wearing the wetsuit. The 26 year old Adelie penguin had experienced feather-loss, which can happen to penguins in their natural habitats and wild populations. The wetsuit, created by SeaWorld’s aviculture and wardrobe teams, was designed to mimic her natural coat of feathers so she could regulate her body temperature.

With the help of her wetsuit and continued care from the SeaWorld Orlando team, Wonder Twin has successfully regrown a new coat of feathers and no longer needs to wear her wetsuit. Her amazing transformation story is just one among the many animals who benefit daily from SeaWorld’s dedicated care and veterinary teams.

January 9, 2017

FLORIDA - Brevard Zoo provides emergency assistance to save wild bears and pangolins


MELBOURNE, Fla., January 9, 2016 — Three threatened species on two continents just got a much-needed helping hand from Brevard Zoo as recipients of the Zoo’s Wildlife Emergency Fund (WEF).

Spectacled Bear Conservation Society Peru is currently fighting wildfires that have already burned more than 50,000 acres of Andean bear and mountain tapir habitat. According to the Society, these fires were likely set by farmers operating under the local but mistaken belief that smoke changes the atmosphere to bring rain. The grant money will be used to contain the fires, purchase supplies, transport villagers and support educational efforts to prevent future wildfires. 

In early December, 70 critically endangered Sunda pangolins were rescued by Save Vietnam’s Wildlife. The pangolins were trapped in Laos and en route to be sold in China for their meat, skin and scales. Each was bound tightly in a small net and force-fed, resulting in stomach problems and, for a few, the loss of legs or claws. The grant money will be used to rehabilitate and, hopefully, release the animals. Pangolins are widely considered the world’s most trafficked group of mammals.

Each organization was awarded $2,000. The WEF is a small grant program that provides emergency financial support to conservation organizations responding to natural or man-made catastrophes. This award is funded entirely by the sale of volunteer-made buttons; more than 60 varieties of buttons, each featuring a Zoo animal, are sold throughout the Zoo for one dollar each.

Brevard Zoo is home to more than 800 animals representing 180 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.orgTreetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.

December 15, 2016

SeaWorld Team Assists with Rescue of Four Manatees Stranded in South Carolina

Rescued animals were transported and released the same day into Florida’s warmer waters

ORLANDO, Fla. (December 15, 2016) – Members of the SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Team traveled to Charleston, S.C. this past week, where -- along with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Ocean Service, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources – they helped save several wayward manatees.

The manatees were spotted in the upper reaches of the Cooper River, near a warm water outflow area by the KapStone paper mill.  Due to dropping water temperatures in the river, the manatees remained close to the warm water outflow, isolating them from adequate food sources and the naturally warm waters they need. KapStone played an integral role in monitoring their activity, reporting key data and providing assistance to the rescue team. Historically, manatees move into warmer waters when the water temperature drops below 68 degrees.

The rescue operation took place over two days. Two adult manatees, a male and a female, were successfully rescued on Thursday, December 8 after hours of searching. They were deemed healthy and transported back to Florida where they were returned back to the wild in Brevard County near Port St. John around 9 p.m. by a team from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and the Brevard Zoo) The female manatee was tagged by Sea to Shore Alliance. The second manatee, a known animal referred to as Goose, was not retagged. 

The team started again the following day, successfully locating and rescuing two male manatees. They were also healthy animals and returned in Florida waters on Friday evening around 6PM, also at Port St. John, by staff from Sea World and FWC’s Melbourne field office.  The larger of the two males was tagged by staff from Sea to Shore Alliance.

A fifth manatee was spotted in the area but attempts to locate that animal were not successful.
To help this animal, and potential other manatees, the public should report any sightings to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources at:  843-953-9360 or 1-800-922-5431 or report to the agency’s manatee sighting website:  http://www.dnr.sc.gov/manatee/sight.htm.

SeaWorld’s Rescue Efforts
Over the last five decades, SeaWorld has rescued more than 29,000 wild animals in need including those that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned. SeaWorld’s goal for every rescued animal is to rehabilitate and return them to their natural environment as soon as possible.

Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership
As part of the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), SeaWorld Orlando is an acute care rehabilitation facility that provides life-saving medical care to rescued manatees.
The MRP is a cooperative group of non-profit, private, state, and federal entities who work together to monitor the health and survival of rehabilitated and released manatees. Information about manatees currently being tracked is available at www.manateerescue.org. The endangered Florida manatee is at risk from both natural and man-made causes of injury and mortality. Exposure to red tide, cold stress and disease are all natural problems that can affect manatees. Human-caused threats include boat strikes, crushing by flood gates or locks, and entanglement in or ingestion of fishing gear.

All manatee rescue footage is produced by SeaWorld under the FWS Permit Number MA7701911.

To learn more, visit SeaWorldCares.com and follow the conversation with #SeaWorldCares on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

December 12, 2016

FLORIDA - Sea turtle release on Wednesday


This Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach, Brevard Zoo will release Trident, a subadult loggerhead sea turtle. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this release.

Trident was admitted to the Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center in July after being found by a University of Central Florida research team in the Trident Basin at Port Canaveral. “She” was debilitated, underweight and covered in barnacles, algae and leeches. Trident was treated with antibiotics, fed nutritious food and given the opportunity to rest.

December 2, 2016

Rescued Bottlenose Dolphin Being Cared for at SeaWorld Orlando’s Rehabilitation Center


Orlando, Fla. (December 2, 2016) – SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team is currently providing round-the-clock care for a 7-foot, 205-pound male bottlenose dolphin who was brought to the SeaWorld Orlando Rehabilitation Center after being found stranded in Sanibel, Florida.

December 1, 2016

FLORIDA - Zoo Miami To Open Florida: Mission Everglades Addition On December 10 & 11, 2016

New expansion will celebrate Florida's flora and fauna as well as the conservation efforts supporting them

MIAMI, Nov. 22, 2016 - Locals and tourists alike will want to visit Zoo Miami to experience Florida: Mission Everglades and the grand opening festivities on December 10 & 11, 2016. This new, 4.5 acre, $33 million permanent addition will encourage residents, as well as out of town visitors, to connect with approximately 60 species of wildlife from our own backyard, many of which are endangered or threatened.

"We're very excited to see this project open to the public," said Zoo Miami Director Carol Kruse. "The goal of Florida: Mission Everglades is to give our visitors a deeper understanding of the importance of the Everglades and to engage them in helping us save it. We want visitors to be inspired to actually visit the Everglades."

November 30, 2016

FLORIDA - Holiday Happenings coming to Brevard Zoo

MELBOURNE, Fla., November 16, 2016 — Throughout the month of December, Brevard Zoo is offering seasonal entertainment in the form of special events, educational programs and more. Holiday Happenings is presented by Charter Spectrum.

Jolly Days, which features games, crafts, a DJ and the opportunity to watch the Zoo’s animals unwrap holiday “gifts,” will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 22 and 23. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on these dates.

SeaWorld Orlando Creates One-of-a-Kind Wetsuit for Penguin

(ORLANDO, Fla.) October 26, 2016 - Guests visiting Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin at SeaWorld Orlando can see one penguin that does not quite look like the others. She’s wearing her very own wetsuit.

The female Adelie penguin recently experienced feather-loss, which can happen to penguins in their natural habitats and wild populations. As a result of her feather-loss, the bird had a hard time naturally regulating her body temperature. SeaWorld’s aviculture team set out to assist her and created a wetsuit to mimic her former coat of feathers. The coat was designed and sewn by SeaWorld’s wardrobe department and custom fit just for her.  

September 10, 2016

NOW OPEN - Orlando Cat Cafe

We first discovered Orlando Cat Cafe in January, while it was still in the early phases of development. This week, we stopped by to see the results of the completed project - Orlando Cat Cafe is officially open fur business, right meow. (I know... cat puns are cheesy, but in a situation like this, I can hardly resist.) This place is every bit as paw-some as we dreamed it would be. 

June 4, 2016

Gatorland - A Kissimmee Tradition

Gatorland has been a Central Florida landmark since long before Central Florida was even a relevant speck on the map. Founded in 1949, Gatorland is a family owned roadside attraction that has lured locals and tourists alike to venture through its signature gator-jaw entrance into a wild wonderland. Over the years, Gatorland has grown - currently occupying over 100 acres of land. It beautifully depicts the real, natural Florida that has been all but swallowed up by the newer kids on the block... many of which have come and gone in a mere fraction of the time that Gatorland has only thrived.