Animal Rescue

Our legacy of animal rescue spans 50 years and has benefited more than 28,000 animals. Working in partnership with state, local, and federal agencies, we help animals that are orphaned, ill, injured or in need of expert care.

Our goal for every animal we rescue is to successfully rehabilitate and return it to the wild. The small percentage of animals with conditions that would prevent them from surviving in the wild are given lifelong care at SeaWorld or another accredited facility.

Our passionate team is continuously creating new ways to rescue and treat these animals, as no case is ever the same. Our inventive animal experts have:
• Created nutritional formulas and nursing bottles to hand-feed orphaned animals.
• Saved sea turtles with cracked shells using everyday items like honey and baby ointment.
• Crafted prosthetic beaks for injured birds.
• Developed an "animal wetsuit" to help injured manatees stay afloat.

See the real stories of specific rescued animals by clicking here.

To follow SeaWorld’s animal rescue efforts, visit our blog at Also, visit to learn more

Our Behind-the-Scenes Tour offers the rare opportunity to see how our animal experts care for rescued manatees and sea turtles up close!

What should you do if you see a stranded animal? Do not approach it or try to return it to the water. Notify SeaWorld or another authorized animal rescue organization, a lifeguard or park ranger, or animal control. Take note of details such as the exact location of the animal, physical characteristics, and the condition of the animal. Watch the animal until the authorized rescue team arrives and call the team immediately if the animal returns to the water.