SeaWorld aims to provide a connection between the animal and human worlds
Dr Christopher Dold, vice president of veterinary services of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, explains the importance of animal and human connection.
By Samara Meade
A true connection between the animal and human worlds is one of the main values of SeaWorld, according to Dr Christopher Dold, vice president of veterinary services of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment.
"The best way to preserve the world is to see an animal and to fall in love with it," he explained at a media presentation at Toronto’s Pangaea restaurant this week.
SeaWorld reps were in town to highlight the attraction’s history, core values and mission. At the top of the agenda was the fact that SeaWorld is not a theme park that happens to have animals—instead it is "a professional zoological organisation that happens to have rides."
What does this mean? It means that SeaWorld is an organization that studies animals so it can help them in the wild. The animals are not solely for entertainment, but for education and understanding, said Dr Dold. “That’s fundamental to the culture of the organization."
Dr Christopher Dold, vice president of veterinary services of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Randy Anger, director of sales and marketing in Canada and Suzanne Pelisson Beasley, senior manager of national publicity, present SeaWorld's fundamental values.
With advanced technology, such as the organization’s reproductive lab in San Diego, drones that take aerial photos and an ‘animal Fitbit’ that tracks whale patterns in the sea, SeaWorld’s scientists are able to learn how to help conserve these animals—as well as how to provide the best habitats for the whales that are bred at SeaWorld.
Rehabilitation is another core issue. SeaWorld helps between 100 and 150 animals each year—making a grand total 27,000 to date. Injured dolphins, sea turtles and whales are helped and then released back into the wild or kept on site if it is not safe for them to be released.
SeaWorld is growing and improving every year. New experiences such as the MAKO shark encounter experience and the Cobras Course roller coaster ride are coming to the park this spring.