Hi everyone! I hope you’re excited to celebrate a wonderful holiday, Arbor Day! Arbor means “tree” in Latin. Trees have been in existence on the Earth for 370 million years. Arbor Day was first observed in Nebraska in 1872. That state is now home to one of the world’s largest forests planted by people – over 200,000 acres of trees.
For the past month, our Animal Rescue Team, including veterinarians and aviculturists, has been caring for two American white pelicans that were brought to SeaWorld for rehabilitation due to substantial injuries.
This morning, our SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team returned 17 juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtles to Canaveral National Seashore. This is the largest turtle return we've had since 2010 when our team returned 30 turtles back to the ocean, all of which were rescued from a massive oil spill near the Gulf of Mexico.
SeaWorld’s conservation efforts go beyond its animal rescue, rehabilitation and return program; it extends to preserving the natural world around us. This month, a group of about 20 caring and dedicated SeaWorld Orlando team members participated in the Waterway Cleanup at La Costa Urban Wetlands in Orlando, Fla.
Today, our Animal Rescue Team returned a male manatee by the name of Streak back to the same waters it was rescued from. The manatee was rescued last December from Blue Springs State Park in Florida by our team and members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).