SeaWorld® & Busch Gardens® Conservation Fund has donated $1.2 million to fund ninety-three wildlife research, habitat protection, animal rescue and conservation education projects around the world.
Over the last 10 years, the Fund has given more than $10 million in grants to protect wildlife and wild places.
Brad Andrews, President and Executive Director of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and Chief Zoological Officer for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, said, “No animal is immune to the threats that face wildlife today. The on-the-ground work from researchers, animal rehabilitators and educators is vital to help our planet’s animal inhabitants not only survive, but thrive.”
Some of the wildlife projects the Funds help include:
- Tracking penguin migrations in Antarcica to help define future management priorities.
- Protecting sea turtle hatchlings by monitoring excessive disorientating lighting on nesting beaches.
- Long-term monitoring of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon to help evaluate risks and make animal management decisions.
100% of donations go to on-the-ground wildlife conservation efforts. This is made possible because SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ provide all necessary administrative and development costs as well as staffing and infrastructure. Additional support is given by SeaWorld and Busch Gardens by placing zoological staff into the field to work alongside researchers.