Ten Reasons to Visit SeaWorld® and Busch Gardens® This Earth Day

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Orlando, Fla. (April 14, 2014) – This Earth Day, celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world at SeaWorld® and Busch Gardens®.   Gain a better appreciation of the world we share by getting up close to animal ambassadors.    Go behind the scenes at one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue, rehabilitate and return animals that are ill, injured and orphaned.   Be inspired by advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations.

Here are 10 great reasons to visit:

Washed Ashore Sculptures

SeaWorld Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio

To showcase SeaWorld’s commitment to the environment and passion for protecting the ocean, a series of giant sea life sculptures reside at our SeaWorld Parks.  SeaWorld commissioned environmental art group The Washed Ashore Project for a collection of larger-than-life sea-themed sculptures – many weighing more than half a ton. The material used to create these pieces comes from the billions of pounds of garbage – mostly plastics – that wind up in our oceans. These amazing works of art point to the urgent need to protect marine animals from such dangers and preserve their ocean habitats.

Go Behind the Scenes and Support the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund®

With a legacy of animal rescue spanning more than four decades and benefiting more than 23,000 animals, responding to wildlife in crisis is a commitment we take to heart. Working in partnership with state, local, and federal agencies, our rescue teams are on call 24/7 assisting animals that are orphaned, ill, injured or in need of expert care. 

The goal is to successfully rehabilitate animals for return to the wild. The small percentages of animals whose injuries are too debilitating to permit release are given lifelong care. 

The park’s Behind the Scenes tours gets guests up close to animals.  Discover how our animal experts care for rescued manatees, sea turtles, sea lions and other animals in need.  

Many of the tour admissions donate a percentage to the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund® to support conservation projects around the world.

Animal Care Center

Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens® Tampa cares for more than 12,000 animals representing more than 300 species and guests can closely observe and even take part in the animal care experience at the park’s Animal Care Center.

From nutrition to treatments, X-rays to surgeries, much of Busch Gardens’ animal care is conducted in guest view in this new state-of-the-art facility. 

Take the insider tour for a better understanding of caring for park animals and learn what the veterinary and zoological staff does every day, including lifesaving treatments, comprehensive medical exams and enriching programs.

Plastic-to-Paper Commitment

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has discontinued the use of plastic bags in all park gift shops and now use only bags made from recycled paper and reusable bags. This initiative keeps an estimated four million plastic bags from entering landfills and the environment each year.

Sustainable Menu Items

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s commitment to care for the natural world extends to the food the park serves, from sustainable seafood to organic coffee. 

As the world’s appetite for seafood skyrockets and commercial fishing becomes increasingly efficient, many of our ocean’s fisheries are overfished, overexploited or collapsing. Choosing sustainable seafood that was responsibly fished or farmed replenishes our oceans, preserves species and ensures a healthy world for future generations.

Park restaurants serve seafood including shrimp, scallops, crab and numerous varieties of fish that are purchased from sustainably managed fisheries and aquaculture farms many of which are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council and Global Aquaculture Alliance respectively.

Cup that Cares™

Antarctica:  Empire of the Penguin® at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld’s Cup That Cares engages guests in a personalized manner to reuse materials and reduce their carbon footprint.   An RFID chip embedded in each Cup That Cares interacts with software at Coca-Cola Freestyle® dispensers to calculate and tell guests how they are being more environmentally responsible by choosing to reuse.

SeaWorld donates $1 from each Cup That Cares purchase to the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens® Conservation Fund, a not-for-profit foundation that helps protect wildlife around the world. 

Tree Cycling

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s horticulture team creates 40 to 50 tons of park mulch each year from the 1,500 trees leftover from the parks Christmas Town event.   

Repurposing Christmas Town trees is just one of the ways that the world’s most beautiful theme park is committed to going green. The park uses an average of 600 gallons of reclaimed water from air conditioning condensate and water from rain barrels situated throughout the park to water some of its greenery. The Busch Gardens’ greenhouse staff also releases tens of thousands of beneficial bugs into the park each year as a natural form of pest management.

Meet Animal Ambassadors

SeaWorld guests are often greeted by an animal ambassador, many of whom were orphaned or injured in the wild and given a second chance thanks to the SeaWorld Rescue Team.

As part of SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration, guests can get up close and learn more about the park’s animal ambassadors including Magellanic penguins, lemurs, or flamingos.  

Learn more about SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Camps

Summer is just around the corner.From week-long career camps to day camps, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens combine education and entertainment in a way that connects campers to nature through up-close animal discoveries, behind the scenes opportunities and amazing attractions, rides and shows.   

Have some fun at SeaWorld’s 50th celebration

For nearly five decades, SeaWorld has surprised and amazed guests with unique entertainment, thrilling rides and up-close encounters with animals. SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration features a Sea of Surprises™ throughout an 18-month celebration including new interactive experiences, shows and pathway performances, even more up-close animal encounters throughout the park and “The SeaWorld Surprise Squad” treating guests with prizes every day.

About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ inspires millions, through the power of entertainment, to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world. The company has been creating innovative entertainment experiences that blend imagination with nature for more than 50 years and is best known for its 11 U.S. theme parks, attractions that hosted more than 24 million guests in 2012 and include the beloved SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® and Sesame Place® brands. In 2011, the company began expanding its popular brands into media and entertainment platforms to connect people to nature and animals through movies, television, and digital media; plus began developing new lines of licensed consumer products.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for one of the largest animal collections in North America and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. They rescue and rehabilitate ocean marine animals that are ill, injured and orphaned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld rescue team has helped more than 23,000 animals in need over the last four decades.