From Antarctica to Florida, 93 Wildlife Projects Receive More Than $1.2 Million from the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation

   From Antarctica to Florida, 93 Wildlife Projects Receive More Than $1.2
         Million from the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund

-- Fund Surpasses $10 Million in Giving in 10 Years --

PR Newswire

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 10, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Wild animals in need around the
world-- from Antarctic penguins to sea turtles hatchlings on Florida's
beaches-- will benefit from more than $1.2 million in grants awarded this
year by the non-profit SeaWorld® & Busch Gardens® Conservation Fund.
Ninety-three wildlife research, habitat protection, animal rescue and
conservation education projects will receive the grants.

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These grants will support researchers studying migration movements of
Antarctic penguin species, provide safer passage for turtle hatchlings making
their way from the nest to the water, and help monitor the long-term health of
dolphins in one of Florida's vital eco-systems.

Since its inception 10 years ago, the Fund has given more than $10 million in
grants to protect wildlife and wild places.

Additionally, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens provide direct support to the Fund by
placing zoological staff into the field to work alongside researchers on
projects supported by the Fund.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ provides all administrative and development
costs as well as staffing and infrastructure. Because of this, 100 percent of
donations go to on-the-ground wildlife conservation efforts.

Just a few of the wildlife projects and organizations the funds will help
include:

Tracking Penguin Migrations-- Where do penguins go for the winter?
Researchers with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are using geolocation
(GLS) tagging and stable isotope studies to identify the winter diets and
migration movements of Adelie and chinstrap penguins in the Antarctic
Peninsula. The data will be of critical importance in defining future
management priorities for these species.

Sea Turtle Lighting Project-- Lights on turtle nesting beaches can disorient
turtle hatchlings and lead them away from the ocean. To help make a safer
passage, Sea to Shore Alliance has created a method of measuring, mapping, and
recording beach lighting levels. This data enables wildlife managers to
quickly and easily compare, observe and locate areas with excessive beach
lighting. By identifying these illumination "hotspots" managers can better
protect sea turtle hatchlings.

Long-term Monitoring of Dolphins-- The Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute is
conducting a long-term study to monitor the abundance, population and habitat
structure of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins that inhabit Florida's Indian River
Lagoon. The data being collected will help to make animal management decisions
and better evaluate risks facing this species.

"No animal is immune to the threats that face wildlife today," said Brad
Andrews, President and Executive Director of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens
Conservation Fund and Chief Zoological Officer for SeaWorld Parks &
Entertainment. "The on-the-ground work from researchers, animal rehabilitators
and educators is vital to help our planet's animal inhabitants not only
survive, but thrive."

For more information on the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund visit
www.swbg-conservationfund.org or visit the Fund on Facebook.

About the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund

A non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, the SeaWorld® & Busch Gardens®
Conservation Fund supports wildlife research, habitat protection, animal
rescue and conservation education in the U.S. and countries around the world.
The Fund provides an outlet for park visitors to help protect wildlife and,
because SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ provides all administrative and
development costs as well as staffing and infrastructure, commits 100 percent
of donations to on-the-ground wildlife conservation efforts.

SOURCE SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

Website: http://www.seaworldentertainment.com
Contact: Greg Smith, Corporate Communications, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment,
407.226.5257 or Gregory.Smith@SeaWorld.com
 
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