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SeaWorld Parks to celebrate 36,000th animal rescue with Rescue Weekend

by Brittani Tuttle

For 55 years, SeaWorld has worked for the rescue and rehabilitation of marine and terrestrial animals – and has just announced that 36,000 animals have been rescued since the first park opened in 1964.

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To celebrate the occasion, all three SeaWorld parks will host a special Rescue Weekend event on Nov. 16-17, where park guests can speak directly with members of the animal rescue and rehabilitation team to learn more about how animals are cared for at SeaWorld parks.

SeaWorld Orlando

On Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., guests can join biologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to hear about how these organizations partner with SeaWorld on rescue efforts.

rescue weekend

Throughout the weekend, guests can visit the home base of the SeaWorld Rescue Team to meet and hear from the experts who work to deliver life-saving care to animals in need.

SeaWorld Rescue keychains and SeaWorld Cares magnets will be given out every day during Rescue Weekend at the SeaWorld Rescue store. Limited quantities will be available each day (while supplies last), and there is a limit of one of each per guest.

There will also be special offers for guests, including:

  • Receive 36 percent off SeaWorld Rescue merchandise when you post on social media from the park with the hashtag #SeaWorldRescue
  • 50 percent off Dolphins Up-Close Tour
  • 50 percent off Penguin Up-Close Tour
  • 50 percent off Dine with Killer Whales

SeaWorld San Antonio

At SeaWorld San Antonio during Rescue Weekend, guests can enjoy opportunities to learn about Texas coastline rescue efforts from the Zoological team, an exclusive viewing of the SeaWorld Rescue show with your park ticket, and other special offers, including:

  • Mention SeaWorld’s 36,000 animal rescues at Currents gift shop to receive a free gift (while supplies last)
  • Receive 36 percent off SeaWorld Rescue merchandise when you post on social media from the park with the hashtag #SeaWorldRescue
  • 36 percent off select animal encounters including:
    • Beluga Swim and Tour
    • Dolphin Encounter, Swim, and Tour
    • Killer Whale Tour
    • Penguin Interaction and Tour
    • Sea Lion Tour

SeaWorld San Diego

During Rescue Weekend at SeaWorld San Diego, guests can attend special presentations to learn more about the park’s rescue efforts, as well as take advantage of special discounts and giveaways for Pass Members.

Pass Member giveaways include:

  • Rescue Bags – Silver and Gold Pass Members only on Nov. 16-17 (while supplies last)
  • Rescue Tumbler – Platinum Pass Members only on Nov. 16-17 (while supplies last)

Guests can explore the Rescue Plaza and learn from the SeaWorld Rescue Team from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Nov. 16-17, see the Rescue Truck and Zodiac, and even attend a meet-and-greet and demonstrations with the Rescue Team.

rescue weekend

In addition, guests can receive 36 percent off Rescue merchandise by sharing a photo at the Rescue Plaza and tagging @SeaWorldSanDiego with the hashtag #36KRescues on Instagram and Facebook. Just show your social post to the cashier at any shop to receive your discount.

There is also a limited-time offer of 36 percent off Animal Encounters. These encounters must be purchased on Nov. 16 or 17 and the offer must be mentioned when booking, as inventory is limited.


To learn more about SeaWorld parks, visit SeaWorld.com.

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