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Showing posts with label animals. Show all posts

August 14, 2018

Rare piglet first of its kind born at Brevard Zoo


Named Java, the piglet is the offspring of two-year-old mother Piggy and two-year-old father Meru. He is the first child of either parent and the first member of his species ever born at the Zoo.
“Java is barely a week old, but his personality is already shining through,” said Michelle Smurl, director of animal programs at the Zoo. “Piggy is doing an incredible job, especially for a first-time mom.”

June 23, 2018

FLORIDA - Two sea turtles released by Brevard Zoo

MELBOURNE, Fla., June 21, 2018 — Skipper and Ginny are back in the sea. This afternoon, more than 100 animal lovers joined staff and volunteers from Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center as these green sea turtles made their way to the open ocean off Hangar’s Beach.
Skipper was found floating in Port Canaveral after she was struck by a boat in February. Ginny was discovered on the coast of Melbourne Beach in May; when put in water at the Healing Center, she demonstrated buoyancy issues, likely due to a gaseous buildup in her gastrointestinal tract. Both patients were treated with medication, nutritious food and rest.

May 13, 2018

SEA LIFE ORLANDO AQUARIUM TO CELEBRATE ARRIVAL OF FOUR BABY STING RAYS WITH SPECIAL "BABY SHOWER"

From Mother's Day to Father's Day, the aquarium will be collecting items for Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in exchange for 25-percent off admission

ORLANDO, FLA. (May 12, 2018) –SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium is excited to announce the arrival of four, baby blue spotted sting rays! The new bundles of joy are spreading joy to the community as SEA LIFE hosts a special baby shower for Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies to celebrate all the tiny babies. From Mother's Day to Father's Day, the Aquarium will be collecting items for Winnie Palmer Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Guests who donate a gift from the NICU baby registry will receive 25-percent off of regular admission to the Aquarium. Items on the registry include:

  • WubbaNubs 
  • Rattles
  • Linking Rings
  • Infant books
  • Lullaby CDs
  • Ball rattles
  • Baby blankets 
  •  Light swaddling blankets

April 23, 2018

WALRUS CALVES REACH NEW MILESTONE AT SEAWORLD

Guests can now see walrus calves on habitat at Wild Arctic

Orlando, Fla. (April 23, 2018) – Today Ginger and Aku, two young walrus calves, were introduced to the walrus habitat inside Wild Arctic at SeaWorld Orlando. The revamped space will provide guests the opportunity to view Ginger and Aku from multiple angles both above and below water. The popular exhibit is also home to two adult Pacific walruses, Garfield and Kaboodle. Guests will have the opportunity to see both the walrus calves and adult walruses throughout the day as they rotate use of the habitat.

Ginger and Aku were introduced to each other last year after Aku was rescued from a gold mining dredge off the coast of Alaska. Ginger was born at SeaWorld Orlando in June of last year. Ginger’s age and suitability as a social companion combined with SeaWorld’s expertise in raising orphaned walrus calves played a significant role in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) decision to send Aku to Orlando.

For park operating hours and additional information, guests can visit www.seaworldorlando.com. Learn more about Aku and Ginger by visiting the SeaWorld Orlando Blog.

April 10, 2018

SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team Caring for Mother-and-Calf Manatee Pair


ORLANDO, Fla. (April 9, 2018) – Earlier this evening, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium transported a distressed mother manatee – and her nursing calf – from North Fort Myers to SeaWorld Orlando for rehabilitation and care. The pair was rescued by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) after the mother manatee was observed floating and experiencing buoyancy issues. 

Buoyancy issues can negatively impact a manatee’s health, eating patterns and the nursing of a dependent calf and if not corrected can be life-threatening. The condition is known as a pneumothorax and it was potentially caused by the blunt force of a boat strike. The calf is estimated to be a 1-year-old and, although unharmed, is still nursing and dependent on its mother. It is important that the pair remain together as the calf continues to grow and learn from its mother.

So far this year, SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team has rescued 30 manatees and returned 7.

February 15, 2018

OKLAHOMA - Tulsa Zoo’s Lost Kingdom Now Open


New home for ambassadors of Asia’s rarest and most elusive species

ST. LOUIS Inspired by the settings of ancient Asian cultures such as Angkor-Wat, the Tulsa Zoo’s newest PGAV-designed attraction – Lost Kingdom – is now open!

The all-new region is home to ‘ambassadors’ of many Asian species, including Malayan tigers, snow leopards, Chinese alligators, siamangs, binturongs, and Komodo dragons. 

“This important exhibit allows the Zoo to replace the more than 50-year-old tiger and snow leopard exhibits,” said Terrie Correll, president and CEO of Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc. (TZMI).One of the challenges we initially had with Lost Kingdom was helping our community to envision major exhibit habitats on the scale we’ve been talking about; now with the opening, our guests can  experience large-scale immersive exhibits. They’ll have a visual in mind as we talk about future exhibits.”

February 3, 2018

NEW Live Show at Orlando Science Center: Animal Inspired


Learn about technology that has been inspired by animal adaptations and meet some of our Animal Ambassadors
Saturdays & Sundays, now through late spring 2018
1:15 p.m.

WHAT:
Animal Inspired isn't just another animal show. It focuses on connections between animal adaptations and real-life technology used by scientists and engineers today. It's an educational show to inspire you, peppered with elements of quirky humor to keep you entertained at the same time.

Plus, the stars of the show are Animal Ambassadors from NatureWorks, OSC's exhibit focused on ecology and zoology. These live animals show off their adaptations right before you on stage. Don't worry if you couldn't snag a front-row seat — the use of a GoPro camera allows every audience member an up-close view of the animals.

You'll learn about chameleons' thermochromatic skin, parrots' strong beaks, snakes' heat-sensing vision and more!

Seating in the theater is first come, first served.
WHEN:
Saturdays & Sundays, now through late spring 2018
1:15 p.m.
WHERE:
Orlando Science Center |777 E. Princeton St. | Orlando, FL 32803
COST:
Animal Inspired is included with daily general admission to Orlando Science Center is free for members, $20.95 for adults, $18.95 for seniors and students, and $14.95 for youth (ages 3 – 11).
INFO:
For more information, please call 407-514-2000 or visit www.osc.org

January 26, 2018

SeaWorld and OCEARCH Join Forces to Protect World’s Oceans and Marine Animals


Through transparent, sharable data, a focus on the conservation of marine animals and habitats

Orlando, Fla. (January 25, 2018) –  Today marks the official kick off of a partnership between two conservation leaders that is focused on the global protection of marine animals and the world’s oceans. SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., a leader in animal rescue and inspiring themed entertainment experiences, and OCEARCH, a leader in generating critical scientific data related to studies of keystone marine species, announced a multi-year partnership and have made valuable data available to both the scientific community and the general public for the first time ever in a widely-accessible format.

November 15, 2017

Baby Walruses Meet for the First Time


Aku and Ginger begin a new chapter together

Orlando, Fla. (Nov. 15, 2017– Late last week, two baby walruses met for the first time, and the moment was more than anyone expected. The SeaWorld Orlando Animal Care Team introduced Aku, a rescued walrus calf from Alaska, and Ginger, a walrus calf born at the park.  As the team watched on, the two began inspecting one another curiously. After their first bottle feeding together, Aku and Ginger were soon following each other around the habitat and playing.

November 11, 2017

Rehabilitated Manatee Returned during Manatee Awareness Month

Randall’s rescue story brings awareness to manatee entrapment

Orlando, Fla. (Thursday, November 9) – Earlier today, Randall the manatee was returned to the wild after spending nearly a year in rehabilitation following his stranding in Camp Branch Creek in the Rodman Reservoir complex in Putnam County.

“Randall’s case is not unique. Every year, manatees become entrapped and require assistance. As in this instance, the public can help by reporting trapped manatees and can help prevent entrapments from occurring in the first place,” said Jim Valade, Manatee Recovery Coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

November 2, 2017

Weird and Wonderful World of the Axolotl Comes to SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium

New experience immerses guests in the world of 
“The Last Dragons”


Orlando, Fla. –  ­They are a star of social media, one of the world’s weirdest, cutest and most critically-endangered creatures, and now visitors to SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium can journey deep into the lakes of Mexico to meet “The Last Dragons” before they disappear.

Axolotls, (pronounced ACK-suh-LAH-tuhl) are among the most widely studied animals on the planet thanks to their fascinating ability to regenerate their own bodies and avoid the aging process (not to mention their adorable cuteness!). Believed to have existed over 140 million years ago, they live exclusively in the lake complex of Xochimilco near Mexico City but for a limited time are taking up residence at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium.

Opening Tuesday, November 7th “The Last Dragons: Discover the Superpowers of the Axolotls” is an all-new walk-through experience featuring kid-friendly interactives, immersive design and more to take families on a fun and educational journey into the world of one of Earth’s most fascinating creatures.

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.