It is that special time of year again where everyone takes a moment to reflect back and think of what they are most thankful for. In our case, the animals that we care for surely make the top of the list! We are most thankful to have the opportunity to care for animals both within and outside our park. Of course, we can’t forget all of the passionate and dedicated people who make it all possible.
Animals in need around the world will benefit from more than $1.1 million in grants awarded this year by the non-profit SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. Since its inception, the Fund has granted more than $9 million to protect wildlife and wild places.
I have very exciting news! Jeni Fain, an Animal Care Specialist at Wild Arctic, and I were selected to be Conservation Ambassadors for the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund (SWBGCF). We will be participating in Polar Bears International’s Leadership Camps where we will learn about polar bears, climate change, and how each of us can help make a world of a difference.
The brightly colored feathers of the Guayaquil Macaw offer a cheerful sight, but the outlook for this endangered bird isn’t quite as sunny. Currently the wild population of this sensitive species is only 100 birds. Luckily, a promising program in Equador is offering hope to our feathered friends.
The Asian Pangolin tops a list that no animal wants to be on – the list of the most heavily traded species in the illegal wildlife trade. Although the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of these unique animals has made significant progress in recent years, there is still plenty of room for improvement.
The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund was designed to offer funds, knowledge and assistance to wildlife conservation efforts across the globe. We believe that by sharing resources and information, we can protect and preserve the world’s most precious resources – its wildlife and wild places. This is rewarding work, and nowhere was this more evident than in the case of Chhouk, the baby elephant.
Australia boasts a wide range of unique and diverse animals. Kangaroos, koalas and kookaburras are just a few of the uncommon animals that make their home in the land down under.
Zambia is an area of vast beauty with diverse wildlife, landscapes and people. While this richly unique area holds huge potential for conservation, the logistics of working in this remote and rugged environment are extremely challenging.
The wild spaces of Northern Kenya were once the domain of the proud and regal lion – but today these animals live with the challenges of sharing the land with a dangerous neighbor – man. Conflicts with humans have resulted in lion populations dropping as much as 50 percent in the last two decades. So what can be done to help these beleaguered beasts? The Ewaso Lion Project plans to find out.