Last Thursday, I drove to Orlando, which is about an hour north of me. I knew while I was there I’d be going to Seaworld, Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove on a sponsored press junket but that’s all I really knew. Honestly, I figured we’d ride the rides, see the animals and do all the things you normally do on such a trip.
I was wrong.
We did do those things but even more so, I spent time getting an education…
Without knowing all the facts, it’s easy to assume that a place like Seaworld keeps all these cool animals, makes them entertain us and gets rich off of them.
The fact is, Seaworld does some wonderful things for animals—one of them being treating injured animals from the wild.
Thousands of manatees, dolphins, seabirds, turtles and more are brought to Seaworld each year and they use their own resources and incredibly knowledgeable staff to nurse them back to health and then release them back into their habitat.
If they’re injured in such a way that they can’t be returned to the wild, they sometimes stay at Seaworld or are placed somewhere in which they can continue to live as normal a life as possible.
Seaworld does this because they have the staff and facilities available but also because, from my observations, they truly do care about animals.
I also learned about the training methods they use for all their animals.