In response to the ongoing Unusual Mortality Event (UME) impacting manatees, SeaWorld Orlando is expanding its rescue facilities which will effectively double the size of our critical care space, creating the largest capacity in the state of Florida and in the U.S. Once finished, our team will be able to help more than 60 manatees in need of emergency veterinary care.
The news was announced at a press conference hosted by SeaWorld in Orlando on the public/private partnership to save the manatee. The conference included Florida Congressman Darren Soto and senior officials from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and Florida Fish & Wildlife (FWC).
As a Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership member, SeaWorld Orlando is one of five federally permitted manatee critical care providers in the U.S. Our animal care specialists have been working around the clock to rescue and rehabilitate sick, injured, orphaned and distressed manatees. With conservation at our core, we always strive to return animals back to their natural habitat.
To learn more about how we’re ramping up conservation, rehabilitation and rescue efforts, watch here.