Commitment to Conservation

Conserving and caring for wildlife and wild places have been our company’s mission and passion for more than 40 years. Our parks support and work with more than 100 environmental organizations worldwide including National Wildlife Federation, World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy.

Ranging from local community initiatives to global wildlife research and conservation programs, these partnerships allow the parks to share animal expertise, strengthen on-the-ground efforts to protect wildlife and reach millions of people with conservation success stories.

The SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, a registered non-profit conservation foundation, has granted more than $9 million to wildlife research and conservation projects that protect wildlife and wild places. The Fund commits 100% of donations to on-the-ground wildlife conservation efforts. 

If you share our passion for animals and conservation, please visit to learn how you can help.

For more than 40 years, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment – encompassing SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove - have initiated and supported wildlife conservation, research and education at home and around the world. Upon visiting a SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment facility, many guests are inspired to help protect the animals they encounter and get involved with wildlife conservation. The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund was, in part, created to fulfill that desire.

Launched in 2003, the Fund was created to provide guests with an easy, direct way to get involved and make a difference. While the Fund itself is relatively new, the parks have been committed to wildlife conservation for decades. The Fund intends to continue this legacy and create an even greater one.

A 501 (c)(3) non-profit private foundation, the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund focuses its resources in four strategic areas:  species research, habitat protection, animal rescue and rehabilitation, and conservation education. Since its launch, the Fund has granted more than $10 million to more than 700 projects in countries around the world. The Fund's grantees are diverse, including global conservation organizations, zoological organizations, universities, and grassroots organizations.

  • SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care.
  • SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment maintains one of the largest animal collections in the world. We care for more than 7,000 marine and terrestrial animals, plus approximately 60,000 fish.
  • SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s animal collection includes more than 200 endangered or threatened species, animals such as cheetah, Bengal tiger, West Indian manatee, black rhinoceros, polar bear and Asian elephant.
  • The team’s expertise and innovation have led to advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations.
  • Busch Gardens® currently participates in more than 35 Species Survival Plans, collaborative efforts among Association of Zoos & Aquariums-accredited institutions, to help protect and preserve threatened and endangered animals for generations to come.
  • SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment contributed more than $2.5 million in 2012 alone, to ensure the sustainability of animal species in the wild.
  • In collaboration with the government and other members of accredited networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue ill and injured marine animals with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the ocean.
  • SeaWorld® animal experts have helped more than 25,000 animals in need - ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned - for more than four decades.