As the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico threatens to become one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, a team of federal and NGO (non-governmental organizations) veterinarians and animal rehabilitation experts have formed an Incident Command Center to respond to Oiled Wildlife Events.
SeaWorld and Busch Gardens remain in close contact with these officials and they are aware of our willingness to assist. At this time, they have not decided how we can best assist the effort.
While our Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation team members continue to prepare for this anticipated call-to-action, we have received many questions from guests and concerned citizens about how they might be able to volunteer their time and energy to the response effort. We understand there is a massive potential volunteer base out there, energized and ready to help, but looking for direction.
We encourage you to visit the Deepwater Horizon Response Web site for information on how you can help. Thank you and watch this space for more updates regarding our efforts.
Dr. Christopher Dold, Vice President of Veterinary Services
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment