Meet The People Behind Takara's Care


April 14, 2017

The last killer whale ever to be born at SeaWorld is due SOON. 

We’re talking any day now. 

But each day that we wait, and for the last 18 months!, the team at SeaWorld San Antonio - including veterinarians, trainers, and the animal care staff - have been working around the clock to make sure that Takara and her calf are receiving the absolute best care possible…and it’s no easy task! Let’s get to know those rock stars a little bit better. 

First up, Julie S.
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Julie is the ultimate coach! She has been a member of the SeaWorld family for 23 years, and currently serves as SeaWorld San Antonio's Assistant Curator. Julie works day in and day out to oversee the whales and the trainers that work with them making sure that the knowledge she has gained in her more than 20 years of experience is being passed on to the new faces of the SeaWorld family. 

Next is Jenny M.

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Jenny has been at SeaWorld for 32 years. As a Curator at SeaWorld San Antonio, Jenny has the privilege of overseeing the care of many different species. Not only has Jenny been able to spend significant amounts of time with Takara in the last 18 months, but she has also had the privilege of seeing over 15 KW births! 

And now…Amy M!

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As a trainer at SeaWorld San Antonio, Amy is lucky enough to get to spend more one-on-one time with Takara than most others - and we're so jealous! Trainers are involved in every aspect of a killer whale's life, including health care, husbandry, engaging activities, enrichment and exercise, among others. 

And finally, Hendrik N.

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As a veterinarian at SeaWorld, Hendrik has experienced three killer whale births - wow! But on a more regular basis he oversees the veterinary care of all the animals in SeaWorld’s care, including many of the 30,000 animals that SeaWorld has rescued.

We are so thankful for these amazing men and women who love and care for Takara and continue to inspire us every day. Learn more about Takara and her pregnancy here.

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