Last week was the 10th Anniversary of Endangered Species Day and SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks are working with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) to highlight species that are threatened with extinction.
SeaWorld and Busch Gardens are partnering with AZA, as well as AZA-accredited facilities around the country, to raise awareness for the Saving Animals From Extinction, or SAFE, program on Endangered Species Day. This new collaboration builds on the existing conservation efforts by the nation’s 229 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums.
In 2015, SAFE will focus on 10 species, including the sea turtle, shark, African penguin, cheetah, Asian elephant, black rhinoceros, gorilla, vaquita, western pond turtle and whooping crane.
SeaWorld and Busch Gardens together maintain one of the largest zoological populations in North America — more than 89,000 animals — and are directly working to help protect eight of these 10 species.
Efforts include species display, education and awareness, species breeding programs, and financial support through the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. The parks also are encouraging their many fans to follow the online conversation on social media through posting new content and by using the hashtag #savingspecies.
The eight species directly helped by the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks include:
- Sea turtle
- African penguin
- Asian elephant
- Black rhinoceros
SAFE harnesses the collective power and infrastructure, along with additional funding and resources, to target specific endangered species and save them from extinction by restoring healthy populations in the wild. Through SAFE, AZA and its members will bring together scientists and other global stakeholders to identify factors threatening species, develop Conservation Action Plans and engage the public.
Wishing you Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust