Yesterday SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment broke ground on a new headquarters to be based out of Orlando, Florida. This new three-story building will be just under 50,000 square foot and be a shared home for ambassadors from the current Park Support Center and SeaWorld Orlando park.
“Today is much more than the groundbreaking of a new building. It is about the foundation we are continuing to fortify and build upon as a company to extend and carry out our mission – to save species, learn about them, protect them, educate others about them, and help them flourish, both in our care and in the wild,” said John Reilly, Interim CEO of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.
The celebration included local community and tourism leaders, including Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and Visit Orlando’s George Aquel. The audience also included the Millennia Gardens Elementary School Eco Club, a local group of students that have been inspired by the SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Team and grow lettuce that feeds rescued and rehabilitating manatees.
Animal ambassadors including Mattie, a rescued bald eagle, and Dunder, an Asian small clawed river otter, were also on hand to help greet guests. Discovery Cove’s most prolific diggers – resident three-banded armadillos – assisted with the iconic groundbreaking moment. The new building is projected to open in Fall 2019.
Last week members of the SeaWorld Rescue Team headed to South Carolina where they partnered with multiple organizations to asist in the rescue and relocation of a large male manatee. Once rescued the manatee was taken to the Jacksonville Zoo where it is being treated for cold stress.Last week members of the SeaWorld Rescue Team headed to South Carolina where they partnered with multiple organizations to asist in the rescue and relocation of a large male manatee. Once rescued the manatee was taken to the Jacksonville Zoo where it is being treated for cold stress.
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