There’s always a benefit to having these animals
in these zoological settings for many different reasons. One, there’s no way you can learn
about these animals in the wild as much as we’re learning from them in a zoological setting.
We have learned so much about, specifically our killer whales. We know about the — how
the calves are when they start to learn independence, how long the mother nurses, the growth rate
of that calf. We know about social status with each animal and social structure and
how that changes; all those things would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to
do in the wild, but we do those sorts of studies here at SeaWorld.