I was invited as media to attend coverage for this event. No additional compensation was received. All opinions are my own and may differ from yours.
Yesterday I headed to SeaWorld Orlando for Jack Hanna Weekend. It’s the kick-off weekend for their #SeaWorldWildDays event happening each weekend in January.
The morning started with a behind the scenes tour of SeaWorld’s conservation area. This was a real treat as I have been to SeaWorld many, many times, but never experienced a behind the scenes tour. As a guest you can book a tour for your group. Many times this is offered to school-aged children to learn more about animal conservation.
One amazing fact I learned during the Conservation & Rescue Tour was that SeaWorld has rescued more than 22,000 animals in the past 40 years. I also learned that their rescue team is on call 24/7 – 365 days a year. They work closely with Florida Fish & Wildlife and the government who collectively make the decision as to where to place a rescued animal for rehabilitation. I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with a few rescued manatees, sea turtles, and this playful dolphin that was anything, but camera shy!
Next I headed to the Whale & Dolphin Stadium for the Blue Horizon show. This incredible show is a must-see! Before the show, the SeaWorld animal training team introduced guests to four stranded pilot whales who came to SeaWorld as babies.
Sarah, a SeaWorld supervisor mentions the four pilot whales are doing very well and excited to learn training techniques. I taped a portion of the Blue Horizon show for my readers to experience. Check it out below!
Next up was the Jack Hanna show at the Nautilus theater. Jack opened the show by addressing the BlackFish documentary and showed his unwavering support for the extraordinary work that SeaWorld parks do for animals. Jack’s wild show included many furry and feathered friends, including a beautiful Amur Leopard, Camels, and Bald Eagles. His daughter also joined him on stage at one point, who works at the Columbus Zoo.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to get up-close with the wild during SeaWorld Wild Days!