How SeaWorld is Supporting UK Conservation Efforts


Since the start of 2015, SeaWorld Parks &
Entertainment has donated two dollars to conservation charities every time a
SeaWorld Parks Extra is booked here in the UK. By making holidays extra special with
dining options, VIP tours, or up close animal encounters we can give back to the natural world. Here are just some of the projects that we’ve supported so far So there’s lots of reports saying that children are really disconnected from
nature and from wildlife and how important it is for them be able to
engage with this both for the physical and for the mental health. The Wild Winter project is this wonderful opportunity for young children to just
engage with UK species and UK wildlife. We give them torches so they
can go and explore and they have to search through logs and look in the
rocks to see what animals they can find. The funding we’ve received for the wild
winter project has been essential, we couldn’t put it on without this extra
funding and we’ve been able to fund a activity where the children actually
make the bird feeders and take these home as well. So the project is aimed at preventing
the extinction of five species of Sturgeon and a species of salmon that
only live in the Caspian Sea. Poaching and illegal fishing is rife and these fish will be extinct within four years unless measures are taken to prevent this. Our overall goal is for sturgeon and salmon to be naturally spawning in
rivers in Azerbaijan and throughout the Caspian unhindered by illegal fishing
and pollution. First breakthrough was actually to get the government to agree
to address this problem. Subsequently we’ve achieved a banning of the import of all gill nets. Funding has facilitated coastal gill net cleanup programs and the
removal of hundreds if not thousands of nylon gill nets from river beds in
Azerbaijan. Without this funding we would not have had this kickstart to the
project that was so important and that has been to engage local people in
Azerbaijan through volunteer program where they can see the problems that
they face in the habitat destruction it really has given the project momentum Coral Reefs are under enormous pressure as a result of human activity. Anything we can do to understand one where coral
reefs might be in the future and ways that we can restore and conserve coral
reefs are really important. The goal of Project Coral is to develop protocols
so this spawning event can happen in a very planned and predictable way. We’re fairly convinced in saying that we’re the first institution in the world to predictably spawn corals in a completely closed system. The biggest breakthroughs
we’ve had so far is one inducing this spawning event but really importantly be
able to do In Vitro fertilization in captivity. So the long-term goal, can we
have multiple spawning in any one year? The funding is enabling us to expand our
efforts increasing the number of species we’re working with. The funding will be used to build new research systems so we can also accelerate the speed of our
understanding. This is just the beginning. With your help we can support more vital
conservation projects to protect wild species and wild places for years to
come.

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