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December 10, 2018

SeaWorld Rescue Team and Partners Rescue Manatee in South Carolina

Orlando, Fla. (December, 2018) -- Members of the SeaWorld Rescue team traveled to South Carolina last week, where in collaboration with multiple organizations – they assisted in the rescue and relocation of a large male manatee.  The rescued animal was transported to the Jacksonville Zoo and is being treated for cold stress. 

Following close coordination with the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff authorized the rescue operation that included SeaWorld Orlando’s rescue team. Support for the rescue came from a broad range of agencies and organizations, including:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff from Jacksonville, Charleston, Ernest F. Hollings - ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), and Cape Romain NWR, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Sea to Shore Alliance, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), Clearwater (FL) Marine Aquarium, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, the University of Florida Aquatic Animal Health Program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - National Ocean Services - Charleston, and the National Marine Mammal Foundation. WestRock Company (Charleston) provided logistic support for the rescue.

November 8, 2018

Brevard Zoo welcomes first sloth baby

MELBOURNE, Fla., November 8, 2018 — Brevard Zoo greeted a new furry face on Wednesday, October 17 when Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth Tango gave birth around 5 p.m. The as-yet-unnamed newborn, who is the first sloth born at the Zoo, did not remain with the mother overnight and will be hand-raised.

“When we found the baby away from Tango, we tried to reunite them,” said Lauren Hinson, a curator of animals at the Zoo. “But the new mother was not nursing, nor did she show interest in the newborn. Tango is a first-time mother whose inexperience likely led her to not care for the little one.”

October 25, 2018

Dozenth giraffe calf born at Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., October 25, 2018 — Brevard Zoo welcomed a newborn giraffe on Friday, October 19. The little one, a male, was born six feet tall and weighed 158 pounds.

The as-yet-unnamed calf arrived around 5:15 a.m., entering the world feet-first. He is the ninth offspring of 18-year-old mother Johari and the twelfth sired by 20-year-old Rafiki.

“The newborn giraffe underwent a neonatal exam, where we checked his overall health,” said Michelle Smurl, the Zoo’s director of animal programs. “He looked to be in great condition at his checkup on Saturday.”

The calf will remain behind the scenes with Johari for a few weeks before making his first appearance in Expedition Africa.
Eight of the Zoo’s nine giraffe belong to the Masai subspecies, which is native to Tanzania and southern Kenya. Habitat loss, poaching and civil unrest pose the most significant threats to giraffe in their natural habitat.

October 17, 2018

New male rhino stomps into Brevard Zoo

MELBOURNE, Fla., October 17, 2018 — Brevard Zoo welcomed 5,200-pound, 16-year-old Frankie earlier this month. The southern white rhinoceros came from a private facility in central Florida.

Frankie made his appearance in a big way: he was transported into the Zoo on a massive trailer provided by Four C’s Nursery. Guests will be able to visit Frankie in the upcoming weeks when he joins females Uzuri and Kibibi in Expedition Africa. Male Howard will alternate being visible to guests with Frankie.

October 11, 2018

Hundreds of tiny sea turtles find refuge at Brevard Zoo

MELBOURNE, Fla., October 10, 2018 — Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center is caring for nearly 300 green and loggerhead sea turtle “washbacks” pushed ashore when Hurricane Leslie disrupted their habitat. 

“When sea turtles hatch, they rely on energy stores from a yolk sac to make the multi-mile swim to offshore weed lines—floating masses of Sargassum seaweed that provide shelter and food,” explained sea turtle program manager Shanon Gann. “If the seaweed is disrupted by a storm or strong winds that wash them back to shore, the little turtles do not have the energy to make the long swim again.”

Healing Center staff and volunteers are caring for the washbacks for a few days until open ocean conditions improve; at that time, they will be transported offshore in a boat and placed in weed lines.
Sea Turtle Preservation Society (STPS) volunteers are transporting the turtles to the Healing Center. Individuals who find washbacks should immediately call STPS at 321-676-1701 or Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-3922 for rescue instructions.

Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals representing 195 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

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

Brevard Zoo building home for rescued bears

MELBOURNE, Fla., October 9, 2018 — Brevard Zoo is working diligently with Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) to provide a permanent home for bears who cannot remain in their natural habitat due to unfortunate circumstances.
A 20-month-old, as-yet-unnamed Florida black bear arrived in August and will make her appearance to guests in early 2019. The bear has already formed bonds with keepers, who have been providing her with daily interactive enrichments. They report that she is very smart, curious and attentive. The Zoo’s veterinary and animal care staff conducted an overall wellness check and found her to be in good health. 

September 30, 2018

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens mourns the loss of beloved giraffe

SANFORD, Fla., September 29, 2018 - The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is saddened to announce the loss of their resident male Baringo, commonly known as Rothschild, giraffe, Emba. He was born October 23, 1995 at the Oklahoma City Zoo and resided at several other facilities before arriving at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens from White Oak for the opening of their new giraffe habitat in February 2014.

Emba was 22-years-old. The median life expectancy for giraffe is 20 to 25 years.

On April 7, 2018, the Zoo staff found Emba lying on his side—an abnormal position for a giraffe. Animal care and veterinary teams immediately responded to the habitat to assess his condition. The decision was made to separate Emba from the Zoo's other two male giraffe for safety and to assist with behavioral observation and administration of medication. Initially, the cause of condition was unknown and staff consulted with veterinarians at several AZA accredited zoos who have worked with similar geriatric giraffe cases.

September 26, 2018

First sea turtle of her kind released by Brevard Zoo

MELBOURNE, Fla., September 24, 2018 — This afternoon, Guacamole became the first adult green sea turtle released by Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center. A crowd of hundreds gathered to watch the 200-plus-pound reptile wade her way into the ocean.
This turtle’s massive size prohibited Healing Center staff and volunteers from carrying her to the beach, so Guacamole “hitched a ride” on a Brevard County Ocean Rescue UTV.
Guacamole was released at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach around 3 p.m. She was found stranded at the same beach back in February with old predator attack wounds.
Guacamole was missing most of her right front flipper and had several lacerations when admitted to the Healing Center. The Zoo’s experts treated her wounds with medication and honey, assisted with her eating and eliminated a parasitic infection before deeming Guacamole ready for release earlier this month.
Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals representing 195 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
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

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


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


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 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.

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.
Saturdays & Sundays, now through late spring 2018
1:15 p.m.
Orlando Science Center |777 E. Princeton St. | Orlando, FL 32803
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).
For more information, please call 407-514-2000 or visit

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.