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Our Partners in Conservation

Joining forces with governmental agencies and organizations to inspire people to protect animals through personal, interactive and informative experiences.

Research is a key component of SeaWorld®’s larger commitment to conservation and animal welfare, and was established as a priority by our founders five decades ago. This commitment includes publishing our own research, sharing our parks and animals as controlled research environments, and funding and supporting projects around the world.

Our parks provide a unique environment that allows our team and outside researchers and scientists to better understand marine mammals. SeaWorld’s animal health professionals contribute meaningful science learned through the care of these animals. Additionally, we are deeply integrated with universities and research organizations and provide access to our animals for scientists conducting humane studies on a variety of subjects. These studies complement and strengthen research efforts in the field.

We also provide direct support, both material and funding, to field researchers. This support is offered directly by SeaWorld, through grants from the SeaWorld® & Busch Gardens® Conservation Fund, and by research foundations associated with and supported by SeaWorld, including the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute.

The animal health team and scientists of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ have contributed to more than 1,000 published studies that advance the global scientific community’s understanding of animals.

SeaWorld’s contributions have led to advances in the care of animals in both zoological facilities and wild populations. Selected contributions to the greater scientific understanding include:

Sustainability For Marine Ornamental Fish—Coral reefs face numerous growing threats including ocean acidification, pollution and over-exploitation. Additionally, many colorful marine inhabitants are collected in ways that are not environmentally friendly and can impact the entire reef ecosystem. Rising Tide Conservation was initiated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment to protect reefs by developing techniques for rearing marine ornamental fish. The program promotes commercial production as an alternative to reef collection. Rising Tide has grown into a nationwide effort that is supported by corporate sponsors as well as the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. Its board of advisers includes environmentalists, professional aquarists and leaders in the aquarium industry. Many display aquariums throughout the country collect tiny fish eggs from their tanks to support this program and advance our understanding of reef fish reproductive biology. Since its inception in 2009, the program has developed captive rearing techniques for more than 18 marine fish species, including yellow and blue tang.

A ticket with a mission

Your visit to SeaWorld helps support animal rescue efforts, with over 33,000 and counting.

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  • Marine & Ocean Conservation with the Humane Society of the United States

    Partnership between SeaWorld and the Humane Society of the United States

    SeaWorld and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have partnered to work together as advocates for the ocean and its animals. Together we will focus on ending commercial killing of whales, seals and other marine animals. Our mutual efforts include leveraging SeaWorld’s world-class rescue, research and resources, protecting coral reefs, preventing over-exploitation of fish and protecting our oceans for future generations.

  • Shark Rescue & Conservation with Guy Harvey

    Guy Harvey paints an amazing Mako mural at SeaWorld Orlando

    World-renowned artist and marine conservationist Guy Harvey is actively working with SeaWorld to help raise awareness on protecting sharks and their natural habitats. The Guy Harvey Research Institute estimates that up to 73 million sharks per year are killed for the fin trade alone. SeaWorld has helped with his team’s research on shark-tagging expeditions, as well as informing the public about shark conservation through storytelling within our Mako hyper-coaster queue and realm.

  • Oceanic Research with OCEARCH

    Partnership between SeaWorld and OCEARCH

    SeaWorld and OCEARCH are focused on the global conservation of marine animals and the world’s oceans. We’re both purpose-driven organizations; we love the ocean and want to ensure an abundant resource for future generations. Together, we will focus on bringing everyday people closer to the water by sharing real-time data, content, and park experiences.

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