Sea World Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Program
Almost everyone in the United States has heard of Sea World’s beloved killer whale Shamu, but not a lot of people know about the wonderful program that brought Shamu and other wonderful animals to Sea World parks. A lot of things go into making the program what it is, these things range from state of the art equipment and facilities to educated and caring staff. Everything in and about the program help produce at least on fact. Sea World’s Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Program is an important and necessary part of protecting injured and endangered wildlife in the United States.
Sea World’s Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Program is a very key factor to Sea World’s commitment to conservation, research, and education. The main goal of the program is to return rehabilitated animals to the wild. The program allows Sea World to rescue, treat, shelter, and release stranded animals.
There are a wide range of benefits that come from Sea World’s program. Rescued and rehabilitated animals help provide great insight into each animals own biology and ecology. Sea World also helps other organizations through networking.(Thomas) Since every Sea World park is an accredited member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, the information found in their stranded animal research becomes a very valuable source of information for other members of the AZAA.(Krager)
Treatment and observation are also very beneficial. Both treatment and observation findings allow experts to study marine animal diseases. These findings can range from metabolic rates in an animals diet to pollutants found in an animal’s habitat.(Odell) The data found in the studies can also help scientists calculate an animal’s population in the wild.
Society also benefits from the Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Program. The program’s studies help identify how human interactions affect the animals.