Meet Takara, 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 matriarch of the pod. Takara has a desire to learn challenging new activities during her daily interactions and developed a large repertoire of complex behaviors and sequences.

Takara enjoys spending time with her two youngest offspring, Sakari and Kamea. She can often be found swimming with them and giving them a lot of attention. She continues to teach her daughters through enrichment activities like puzzle toys. 

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

Amy, Supervisor at Shamu Stadium


I began my career at SeaWorld in 1998 and started training animals in 2003!