Special Earth Day Edition | 2012


A Message from Jim Atchison, President of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™

This Earth Day, I'd like to recognize the passionate heroes who protect, rescue, rehabilitate and return animals to the wild every day. These extraordinary people -- our own SeaWorld® Rescue team and many other dedicated organizations and government authorities -- are celebrated in our thrilling and heartfelt new TV series, Sea Rescue, which just launched on most ABC stations. Be sure to tune in and see firsthand the stories of people who live to make a difference...one animal at a time.


Sea Rescue

SeaWorld’s animal rescue program is now in living rooms across America. “Sea Rescue,” airing Saturday mornings on ABC, takes viewers on adventures of rescue and rehabilitation. Firsthand accounts and expert insight by teams of dedicated SeaWorld veterinarians, animal care experts, animal science researchers and government authorities bring these remarkable stories to life. Sea Rescue is hosted by Good Morning America’s Sam Champion. Check local listing for air times. Read more.


Earth Day and Activities

This year’s Earth Day-inspired events at our parks include an electronic recycling event, a 5K run to benefit marine mammal rescue, waterways and roadside cleanups, an eco-drawing contest for kids and more. Read more.


Get Plugged In

Guests with electric vehicles can now “top off their batteries” at SeaWorld San Diego. The park has installed four electric car charging units in the parking lot. The station can charge any 120 volt or 240 volt electric vehicle. Guests hoping to reduce greenhouse gases can now do so while spending the day at SeaWorldRead more.


Midnight Feeding

There are some bleary-eyed turtle experts at SeaWorld Orlando. They have been providing round-the-clock-care for a pair of hawksbill turtles. Both turtles were found by tourists on Florida’s east coast. Because of their ages and sizes, they are taken home each night by their caretaker. It's a tough journey ahead but both turtles are looking better and are showing positive signs. Read more.


On the Flowery Road Again

Drivers down Virginia Route 60 will soon have a more pleasant drive. Busch Gardens® Williamsburg, named the National Amusement Park Historical Association’s “Most Beautiful Park” for 22 consecutive years, is bringing its landscaping experience to a beautification project along the road. The two-year project, which will help transform roadsides to lush gardens, was developed in partnership with York County, James City County, CSX Corporation and the Virginia Department of Transportation. Read more.


Recyclers of the Year

SeaWorld San Diego was recently selected as one of 2011’s “Recyclers of the Year” by the City of San Diego. The park’s recycling efforts kept thousands of tons of food, metal, paper, cardboard and construction materials out of local landfills last year. This includes nearly 400 tons of food scraps, more than 600 tons of greenery and cardboard, and 3,500 tons of mixed waste. Read more.


Touchdown Cheetahs

Three cheetahs from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay had the “run” of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. all for the good of education. With the stadium closed to outside visitors and the turf marked for a football game, the cheetahs ran the length of the field, chasing a lure identical to the one in their Cheetah Run habitat. The cats’ graceful efforts were captured by high-definition and slow-motion cameras for an episode of Shamu TV’s Saving a Species seriesRead more.