SeaWorld announced today that the Orcas that are currently in the company’s care will be the last generation of Orcas at SeaWorld and that the company will end all Orca breeding as of today.
They’re also introducing new, natural Orca encounters in place of their theatrical shows. The change will start in the San Diego SeaWorld next year, then San Antonio and Orlando in 2019.
SeaWorld has introduced more than 400 million guests to orcas, and we are proud of our part in contributing to the human understanding of these animals,” said Joel Manby, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. “As society’s understanding of orcas continues to change, SeaWorld is changing with it. By making this the last generation of orcas in our care and reimagining how guests will experience these beautiful animals, we are fulfilling our mission of providing visitors to our parks with experiences that matter.”
SeaWorld also states that the Orcas currently at SeaWorld will live out their lives at the Company’s park habitats and will continue to receive the best care based on the latest advances in marine veterinary medicine, science and zoological best practices.