Our Dedication to Research and Conservation
Research is an important part of our commitment to conservation and has been a part of what we do at SeaWorld since the beginning. Not only do we publish our own research (in fact SeaWorld experts have published more than 300 scientific studies), we contribute to other research projects, share our parks and our amazing animals as an important and vital research environment, and fund research projects around the world.
Our parks provide a unique environment that gives our team, along with outside researchers and scientists, the ability to better understand marine mammals, among many other species. In the wild, studying these animals can often be difficult or even impossible, not to mention dangerous for both the animals and people.
Outside our parks, we provide direct support to field researchers across the globe working to understand and save species through the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, research foundations associated with and supported by SeaWorld, and through partnerships like the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute.
Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program
We are excited about a commitment of $1.5 million over three years as part of a new partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) through the Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program (KWRCP). This support is just part of SeaWorld’s $10 million pledge to fund research and conservation for killer whales in the wild. This is exciting not only because it’s the largest private commitment of its kind to date, but because it will focus on key areas to help ensure killer whales are around for generations to come.
The Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program will focus on three strategies:
1. Increasing prey availability for wild killer whales.
2. Improving habitat quality.
3. Strengthening management through crucial research.
Our animal experts and scientists have contributed to or been a part of more than 1,000 published studies that have helped to advance the global scientific community’s understanding of animals. This involvement has led to advances in the care of animals in both zoological facilities and wild populations.
Remember, the more we understand about these magnificent animals, the better equipped we are to make a different in protecting them.
CLICK HERE for the complete list of scientific contributions.