SeaWorld Orlando has been the leader in animal rescue, rehabilitation and release. The park has not put that at the forefront of their park, choosing to keep it’s rescue and rehab centers separate from the day to day park activities. Now, SeaWorld has opened those facilities to the public, and has made it easier than ever to not only learn about these amazing animals, but also learn how to help them.
Tours of the backstage area have pretty much always been available, but not really advertised. Now, the Manatee Rehab Center is open to the public as part of the every day theme park activities. SeaWorld is showcasing their rescue and rehabilitation efforts with this all new attraction, which takes guests into previously unvisited areas of the park.
Video-Tour the Manatee Rehabilitation Center!
Visitors are invited to step behind-the-scenes and catch a glimpse of SeaWorld’s working manatee rescue and rehabilitation facility to learn more about the plight of these vulnerable animals in the wild. Park guests can see firsthand the top problems today’s manatee populations are facing and learn simple actions to help. In addition to viewing the animals currently undergoing rehabilitation, guests can also see their digital medical charts, interactive exhibits, an underwater viewing camera and videos of the SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team in action.
SeaWorld hopes to generate awareness and educate visitors on their simple mission, to return every manatee they successfully rehabilitate back to the wild. Guests now have the opportunity to explore this working facility and become inspired through the stories of recently rescued manatees; guests can even follow their journey back to the wild.
SeaWorld’s goal for every animal rescued is to successfully rehabilitate and return it to the wild. The team works closely with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to determine when a manatee is ready to be returned as well as the proper time and location. This opportunity is one of the first steps in the company’s vision to “turn the park inside out” and show guests how the company is helping wild animals in need.
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