We care for 29 killer whales, the largest killer whale population in a zoological facility worldwide. They are our family.
We are a global leader in the care and understanding of this species and are accredited by the world’s foremost professional zoological organizations. We apply best practices in behavioral training, environmental enrichment, preventive health, veterinary medicine and facilities design and management. As with all animals at SeaWorld, the whales live in safe, sophisticated habitats, receive world-class medical care and are continually engaged socially, mentally and physically.
These animals are healthy and well adapted to their surroundings, a fact that is evident to our zoological experts through their constant interaction and observation 24 hours per day.
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The quality of care we provide these animals is further evidenced through the stringent accreditation process of two of the foremost professional zoological organizations to which we belong: The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums (AMMPA). AZA accredited zoos and aquariums undergo a rigorous review that includes a detailed accreditation application as well as a multiple day on-site inspection by a team of experts from around the country. Fewer than 10% of the animal exhibitors in the US are AZA accredited. The AMMPA requires similar application and on-site review processes for accreditation.