We are a family of animal lovers (as long as they don't live at my house!). In fact, any family outing that includes animals is sure to be a hit with my children. So when I received an email inviting me and my children to attend a blogging event hosted by SeaWorld I couldn't say yes fast enough!
We were not disappointed!
At the event we learned about SeaWorld's animal rescue program which has helped nearly 20,000 ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned animals with most of these creatures rehabilitated and returned to the wild. Unfortunately for the Spoonbill we saw, one of his wings was amputated after an injury in the wild.
|Can you tell they are nervous to be so close to the bird?|
Because the Spoonbill cannot return to the wild he joined SeaWorld's Animal Ambassador program. As members of this program, animals interact with guests in the parks, and also make numerous media and public appearances throughout the year to raise awareness for conservation and species in danger.
|Sam kept his eye on the alligator!|
In fact, had we been at one of the 3 SeaWorld parks in Orlando (SeaWorld, Aquatica, or Discovery Cove) we could have touched the Spoonbill and his friends, an American alligator and 2 penguins. Sadly for us, local law said we couldn't touch them.
The highlight of the day for all of us was watching the 2 penguins waddle only inches away! They were so cute!! We learned that not all penguins live in cold climates and that these two cuties had been born at SeaWorld.
|Sam liked looking at the penguins!|
We have never been to SeaWorld and are not likely to make it to Florida any time soon. However, my husband's parents retired to San Antonio, Texas last year. We haven't visited their new home yet but we already planned to visit SeaWorld San Antonio when we do. I think this event increased our anticipation for that day!
Thank you, SeaWorld for providing an educational and fun outing for my family!!
Have you visited SeaWorld? What was your experience? Any tips for us newbies?
Disclosure: This event was free for us to attend. It also include a lunch for my family and a large bag filled with SeaWorld branded products. Blogging about the event was not a requirement for attendance. Also, I have no experience at their parks but enjoyed this particular activity with their animals and trainers.