All SeaWorld parks are accredited members of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA). AZA members share information and work to further wildlife conservation. Stranded animals are a valuable source of information and study.
1. Through treatment and observation, experts can study marine animal diseases. Detailed records and studies of an animal's diet and metabolism provide scientific information not otherwise available. In addition, experts can study the effects of pollutants, specifically heavy metals and pesticides, on marine animals.
2. Stranding data on pinnipeds can help researchers map resident locations and the migratory patterns of some species (Geraci and Lounsbury, 1993).
C. Conservation and wildlife management
Data gathered through the Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Program can help scientists more accurately assess population management programs in the wild. This information may help threatened and endangered species.
The community benefits through added awareness of how human actions, both good and bad, affect animals. This awareness is the first step toward educating the community about ways to conserve and protect wildlife.
Objectives of the Rehabilitation
Program|What Is a Stranded Animal? |Various Reasons for Stranding |Rescue, Diagnosis, and Treatment |Facilities and Equipment
|Rehabilitated Animals |Results of the Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Program |Federal and State Regulations |Benefits of the Rescue and Rehabilitation Program |References and Bibliography |Books for Young Readers
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