Our Mission

Understanding, protecting and conserving marine life.

The Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to funding and promoting independent marine research projects. Sea World also support marine research and conservation through direct contributions including logistical support with vessels, equipment and staff.

What we believe in

Animal Welfare
Animal Welfare

Our vision is to understand, protect and support the marine environment for future generations.

Conservation
Conservation

The Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to funding and promoting independent marine research projects.

Education
Education

Through research and rescue activities, the Foundation aims to help build our knowledge and appreciation of the wondrous variety of life in our oceans.

Our position

Sea World Dolphins

Sea World is very proud of its world class exhibits for dolphins including some of the largest filtered natural sandy bottom lagoon systems in the world. We have a strong reputation for caring for marine animals, along with an exemplary record of animal care, research and rescue accomplishments.

On average Bottlenose Dolphins can live to 23 - 30 years of age in the wild dependent on their environmental threats, but at Sea World we have had some Dolphins live to be beyond 50 years of age. This long life can be attributed to excellent husbandry, veterinary care, world class facilities and a lack of predators, all leading to longevity. The health and wellbeing of our animals is of the upmost priority. Sea World has rescued, rehabilitated and released many marine creatures over its years of operation through the park’s not for profit research and rescue foundation.

Shark Control Programs

Our aims are to support local and global marine conservation issues however we consider our priorities are those that fall in our local area. We operate a turtle hospital which is seeing more and more animals each year due to the increasing human impact on our local waters.

In an ideal world we would like for there to be no culling of sharks in Australia and around the world however, this is not a reality. We understand the pressure on governments to protect swimmers through the use of shark control programs.

We continue our stance against shark nets and maintain our rescue operations to save dolphins, whales and turtles that become entrapped within them, along with working with the authoritative agencies to research improved methods which will lessen the impact on our marine life.

Taiji Drive Fisheries

Sea World does not support Taiji or any other drive fisheries and no animals at Sea World have been sourced either directly or indirectly from Taiji.

Sea World has joined international zoological associations in their protests to prevent these drives from occurring.

Historically, there were 15 villages in Japan that followed this practice and gradually they have all ceased. We hope that with education and public pressure this will follow in Taiji.

International Developments

Village Roadshow Theme Parks has a global reputation for creating and managing some of the best theme parks in the world and we are excited to be able to bring that expertise and our renowned animals welfare standards and values to international operations.

Village Roadshow Theme Parks is very proud of its Australian operations and has a strong reputation for caring for animals, along with an exemplary record of animal care, research and rescue accomplishments. Any international marine park we operate will uphold these same values and ethics as Sea World Australia.

Our international businesses will continue our policy of supporting local and global marine conservation issues and programs along with supporting breeding programs for endangered species.

Conservation and education will play a large role in all our businesses and we aim to educate visitors to all our marine parks about the value of marine life and the environment.

Veterinary Quarantine Centre

Sea World houses an onsite Veterinary Quarantine Centre (VQC). The VQC is responsible for maintaining the health of resident animals at Sea World as well the treatment and care of rescued marine wildlife.

The VQC provides a high standard of care for a wide range of animals and has well-equipped veterinary facilities.

Sea World regularly contributes to scientific research and knowledge of marine animals including contributing to the national Zoo Based Wildlife Disease Surveillance Program. This research may be undertaken at Sea World or in the field.

How you can help

Adopt An Animal

Adopt an animal and help save Australia's threatened species. Help support the Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation’s community and conservation research grants for marine life including dolphins, whales and turtles.

Make A Donation

Donate today and help the Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation understand, protect and support the marine environment for future generations.

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