When you think of the conservation and rescue programs at SeaWorld Orlando, animals like dolphins, sea turtles, pilot whales, and manatees probably come to mind. Indeed, you can see many rescued animals when you visit the park. Most are nursed back to health and returned to their natural habitats, but some need a lifetime of care, which they receive at the park. You can see rescued manatees and sea turtles in the Turtle Trek attraction if you enjoy observed rescue work up close.
However, you might be surprised to learn the type of animal that benefits the most from the rescue team's help: birds. Florida is a state rich in wild avian life, and birds often get hit by cars or sustain injuries in other ways. Click the video accompanying this article to learn how SeaWorld helps a high volume of birds to return to health and, eventually, their homes in the wild.
In the video, Kelly Flaherty Clark, curator of animal training, explains that this year alone the park is averaging more than one bird a day coming in for help. The rescue team and veterinarians take just as much care with their avian patients as they do with the larger animals that come under their care.
To learn more about the rescue program and its accomplishments over the years, jump to this article to see the video that was presented at a recent media event.