It’s humbling to work with Takara, who is the oldest member of the San Antonio pod.

She was born at SeaWorld San Diego and relocated to SeaWorld Orlando in 2004 as a 12-year-old adult, along with her first calf Kohana, to ensure social diversity within that pod. Five years later, in 2009, she was transferred to SeaWorld San Antonio, where she has resided ever since as the pod’s dominant female. Takara is exceptionally intelligent and thrives on mental stimulation as much as physical stimulation. Her capacity and desire to learn challenging new activities during our daily interactions is truly impressive, and has resulted in her building a large repertoire of complex behaviors and sequences.

In addition to her love of learning and our daily interactions, Takara enjoys spending time with her two youngest offspring, Sakari and Kamea, with whom she can often be found swimming.

My deep bond with Takara developed during our coinciding pregnancies. Our daughters were born just 9 days apart and for me, as a new mom, watching Takara’s exceptional parenting abilities is fascinating. The level of attention and protection she gives the young whales is not only impeccable, but also provides the mental stimulation she seems to thrive on.

In addition to caring for her pod, Takara enjoys a number of enrichment activities. She’s always up for sharing kelp or getting a good back rub. She especially enjoys figuring out puzzle toys with her daughters.

-Katie, Supervisor of Animal Training

Have you heard the news? Takara, the matriarch of SeaWorld San Antonio's orca pod, is pregnant.

The SeaWorld family has big news, and it’s due in a few weeks. Did you know - the gestation period for a killer whale is about 18 months? That means, Takara has been pregnant for almost a year and a half! We’ll keep you updated over the next few weeks as we all prepare for the arrival of the killer whale calf, and be sure to check back often, and on our social media channels, for the latest updates, including amazing photos and video. Learn all about Takara on the latest blog, but first, learn about what it takes to care for the mother of the last orca to be born at SeaWorld.

Quick Facts

  • Born: July of 1991
  • Female
  • Weighs 4,700 pounds
  • Measures 17 feet
  • Distinguishing Physical Characteristics: she has a distinctive brown birthmark on her lower rostrum
  • Research involved in: hearing, pre and postnatal studies, circadian and cortisol studies

Katie, Supervisor of Animal Training


I began working as a husbandry assistant at SeaWorld in 1998, and I started my career in Animal Training in 2000.