Apr 26

Celebrating Earth Week at SeaWorld San Diego

Every day of the year, SeaWorld San Diego opens its doors to entertain, amaze and educate guests. Behind the scenes, there also is a mission to care for the environment and the animals beyond our park’s borders.

This year’s Earth Day was on April 22, but here at SeaWorld, we consider every day as Earth Day. From recycling plastic bags to reducing our carbon footprint, our team members participated in various educational activities throughout the week that provided them the opportunity to learn more about the different ways we can do our part for the environment.

For Earth Week, SeaWorld team members were encouraged to bring in their used plastic grocery and shopping bags from home. The collected bags will be turned into wildlife-friendly bags. (Fun fact: Three years ago, our park eliminated the use of plastic bags in our gift shops. Plastic bags are a huge problem for certain species of sea turtles, especially leatherbacks, which sometimes mistake the bags for jellyfish.)

The plastic bags will be sent to Proyecto Tití, a conservation organization in Colombia that works on the long-term preservation of the cotton-top tamarin, one of the most endangered primates in the world. Proyecto Tití is one of the conservation organizations that has received support from the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.

The organization also works with local communities to develop economic alternatives that assist in the protection of Colombia’s natural environment.

One of these alternatives is the creation and online sale of eco-mochilas, an environmental twist on the traditional Colombian mochila which is a hand-woven bag usually adorned with indigenous art. Local artisans use recycled plastic bags to create these eco-mochilas which can be made in all shapes and sizes and can carry just about anything from beach towels to office documents!

Our animal ambassadors helped to spread conservation messages as well. Cisco, a 5-year-old military macaw, showed how you can help celebrate Earth Week no matter where you live -- by simply recycling your aluminum cans and plastic bottles!

What are other ways we can help to protect the environment? Share your tips with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #EarthWeek!