Dragon Tails | Summer 2012


Being Allergy Friendly

For the 15 million Americans who suffer from a food allergy, dining out while on vacation can be challenging. For these vacationers, SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® and Sesame Place® are serving up new allergy-friendly dining initiatives. This includes increased personalized service to ensure the safety of each meal, and new menu options including a Shamu-shaped chocolate bar. The parks partnered with the Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN™) to educate and train more than 6,000 culinary team members to assist guests with allergen needs. Read more.


Babies! Babies! Babies!

What does a squirrel monkey, giant anteater and kangaroo have in common? They were all born within a few weeks of each other at Busch Gardens Tampa. All of the babies are part of the Species Survival Program, a collaborative effort among Association of Zoos & Aquariums-accredited zoos to help protect and preserve animals for generations to come. Read more.


The Gift of Sight

Iris, a functionally blind Pacific harbor seal rescued by SeaWorld San Diego’s Rescue Team, underwent cataract surgery. This is one of the few times this procedure has been performed on a harbor seal. SeaWorld veterinarians hope her eyesight improves enough so she can forage for food on her own, allowing her to return to the wild. A veterinary ophthalmologist at Eye Care for Animals performed the procedure. Read more.


Sea Rescue Returns

Sea Rescue® returns with more stories of marine animal rescue by SeaWorld’s elite rescue team and partner organizations. Hosted by “Good Morning America’s” Sam Champion, Sea Rescue’s second season features whales that lost their way and ended up far down a river; a dolphin that was attacked by a shark; and thousands of penguins in peril from an immense oil spill. Last season Sea Rescue was seen by more than 30 million viewers. Read more.


Dad Births Dragons

A rare and exciting event took place at SeaWorld Orlando. A weedy sea dragon gave birth to his first few baby sea dragons. This is the first time sea dragon eggs have successfully hatched at a SeaWorld park and is considered an extraordinary occurrence in aquariums around the world. In fact, there have only been three other aquariums in the United States to successfully breed weedy sea dragons. Read more.


Saving Penguins and Polar Bears

Polar bears and penguins are a few of the species that will benefit from more than $1.1 million in grants awarded this year by the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. These grants will help researchers identify why 90 percent of one penguin species in the wild has declined; help conserve and study wild polar bears and restore populations of wild puffins; and create a sustainable way for aquarium enthusiasts to enjoy colorful tropical fish displays. Read more.


Young Survivors

Three juvenile short-finned pilot whales – the only survivors of a September mass stranding event are receiving round-the-clock-care at SeaWorld Orlando. A collaborative rescue operation conducted with other wildlife organizations saved these animals that now remain in guarded condition. The rescue comes a year after SeaWorld provided permanent homes for two pilot whales that survived a separate stranding in 2011. Read more about SeaWorld’s animal rescue program.