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SeaWorld announces the end of its Killer Whale breeding program

Reflecting a huge shift in its philosophy SeaWorld has announced three major changes to its Killer Whale programs at the parks. They will end the Orca breeding program, meaning the current generation of killer whales will be the last at SeaWorld. SeaWorld will shift from… Read More »SeaWorld announces the end of its Killer Whale breeding program

SeaWorld announces major expansion of its Killer Whale Habitats at all three parks, plus new dedicated conservation funds

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In a ceremony broadcast live to all three of its parks, SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. just announced that it plans to build new, first-of-its-kind killer whale environments at all three of its SeaWorld parks. It will also fund new programs to protect ocean health and killer whales in the wild. The new projects will build on SeaWorld’s legacy of providing state-of-the-art, innovative homes for its animals, and will offer park guests unique and inspiring killer whale encounters for generations to come. As part of its vision for the future, the company also pledged $10 million in matching funds for killer whale research and is embarking on a multi-million dollar partnership focused on ocean health, the leading concern for all killer whales and marine mammals.

“For 50 years, SeaWorld has transformed how the world views marine life. The unprecedented access to marine mammals that our parks provide has increased our knowledge of the ocean and inspired generations,” said Jim Atchison, Chief Executive Officer and President of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. “Our new killer whale homes and research initiatives have just as bold a vision: to advance global understanding of these animals, to educate, and to inspire conservation efforts to protect killer whales in the wild.”

Here’s a video of the announcement and an interview with SeaWorld Orlando park president Terry Prather:

Much more on this expansion including my thoughts on whether it will make a difference for SeaWorld, the animals, and guests below the jump:

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Manta, SeaWorld San Diego’s First Double-Launch Coaster Opens

SeaWorld San Diego has officially opened its first double-launch, multi-media roller coaster, Manta! Although it shares the same name as the Orlando coaster it is a very different experience. More of a family friendly coaster, Manta features an exciting 54 ft drop, multiple high-banking twists… Read More »Manta, SeaWorld San Diego’s First Double-Launch Coaster Opens

What SeaWorld Sells These Days

Now that SeaWorld is no longer a part of the Anheuser Busch family of theme parks, they really need to focus on exactly what it is they’re selling. Under Anheuser Busch no matter what the parks did, they were still a giant advertisement for beer.… Read More »What SeaWorld Sells These Days