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Commitment to Animal Rescue, Rehabilitation & Return

SeaWorld has come to the aid over 38,000 ill, injured and orphaned animals in need. Available 24/7/365, the dedicated team of animal care, veterinary and animal rescue experts will always answer the call to help an animal in need.

SeaWorld's legacy of animal rescue spans more than 50 years. In that time, SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue Teams have helped rescue more than 38,000 sick, injured and orphaned animals in need. None of this would be possible without the continued support of our partner agencies, park guests, Pass Members, and dedicated ambassadors, as well as the people across the globe taking action to protect these amazing animals and their habitats. Our teams are on call 24/7/365, partnering with multiple government agencies, conservationists, stranding networks, zoological facilities and others to rescue and help animals in need of our care, always with the goal of rehabilitating them and returning them to the wild.


Sea Rescue team releases sea lions


In partnership with state, local & federal agencies, stranding networks, zoos & aquariums, and many others, SeaWorld Rescue Teams are on call 24/7 to help ill, injured or orphaned animals in need of expert care with the goal of rehabilitation & returning them to the wild.

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Total Rescues

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    551 Cetaceans

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    8,356 Pinnipeds

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    2,889 Reptiles

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    25,073 Birds

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    782 Manatees

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    354 Other Mammals

  • The animal rescue team is on call 24/7/365 at SeaWorld to help animals in need.

    When we say 24/7, we mean it!

    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work on the SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team? What about the overnight shift? Learn just what it takes to be part of this team. 

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Rescued seal release


No two animal rescues are ever the same. Our inventive animal rescue, veterinary and care experts have created prosthetics, healed cracked turtle shells, invented specialized wet suits, nursed orphans, and more. 

Incredible Stories
Rescued sea turtle release



Our goal is always to rehabilitate and return rescued animals to the wild. The few with conditions deemed non-releasable, as decided by independent groups or regulatory agencies, get lifelong care with us or at an accredited facility.



Inspiring Return Stories
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Amazing Return Stories

In 2017 SeaWorld Orlando released Gale, a 725 lb pilot whale into the Gulf of Mexico.  After 5 weeks of rehabilitation & a 140 mile boat ride, Gale has a second chance at life thanks to the dedicated SeaWorld Rescue team. 

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Rescue Team Stories

Being a part of the SeaWorld Rescue Team takes dedication and a passion for helping animals in need. Here’s what one member of the SeaWorld San Diego Rescue Team has learned on the job. 

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A ticket with a mission

Your visit to SeaWorld helps support animal rescue efforts, with over 38,000 and counting.

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