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SeaWorld launches AnimalVision, bringing animal habitats to your home

by Banks Lee

SeaWorld AnimalVision

AnimalVision, SeaWorld’s new 24/7 interactive website, allows visitors to create a connection right from the comfort of their own home via live cameras inside animal habitats.

Fans can now enjoy the antics of penguins racing through the water or waddling around in their new 30-degree habitat at SeaWorld Orlando’s new Antarctica attraction. In addition, fans can tune in to see a school of stingrays gliding past their screen from Aquatica in San Antonio, and check out sea turtles from SeaWorld San Diego’s Turtle Reef.

“AnimalVision allows our guests and fans to deepen their connection with animals. For some guests, being able to see these remarkable animals at the park and then continuing that voyage of exploration at home serves as a reminder about the important role we all play in helping these animals. For those planning a park visit, seeing our animals up-close will get families excited about visiting in person,” said Anne Fischer, director of interactive marketing for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

Animal habitat cameras have proven to be popular for SeaWorld and animal fans alike. In 2012 during a six-week partnership with Discovery Channel, fans across the country spent an astounding 1.5 million hours watching penguins in SeaWorld San Diego’s Penguin Encounter via a streaming camera feed.

Building on that success, AnimalVision provides animal camera fans with an interactive experience that goes beyond simply watching the animals demonstrating their natural behaviors. The new platform will feature:
• Video web portal designed to be viewed from any computer, smartphone or tablet.
• The ability to take, share and save photos of their favorite video moment.
• Live Twitter feeds to share comments with other AnimalVision viewers and interactive “ask the experts” sessions with animal trainers and zoological staff.
• Education and conservation information and facts about each featured species.
• Downloadable games.
• Additional animal species will be showcased in the near future.

Each of the six cameras is high definition for the best viewing experience possible, including multiple viewpoints of the habitats. The cameras at SeaWorld Orlando’s Antarctica show four different species of penguins both darting through the water and above water on the ice. At Aquatica in San Antonio, more than 200 stingrays and tropical fish, including various species of angel, tang and butterfly fish, are seen from shallow and deep underwater viewpoints. Turtle Reef at SeaWorld San Diego features more than 40 threatened green sea turtles ranging in age from four to 50 years old with a view into the 280,000-gallon aquarium they call home.

You can see the animals by visiting AnimalVision.com.

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