New Seasons of SeaWorld Entertainment’s “Sea Rescue™”
& “The Wildlife Docs™” Launch This Weekend on ABC Affiliates
Families and children across the country once again will have a front row seat to how animals are rescued and cared for when new seasons of “Sea Rescue” and “The Wildlife Docs” begin airing on Saturday mornings, starting October 3. Both of these Emmy-nominated shows are part of Litton’s Weekend Adventure airing nationwide on ABC affiliates.
The fifth season of “Sea Rescue” continues to showcase the touching and inspirational stories of marine animal rescue, rehabilitation and return to the wild by the animal care teams at SeaWorld® and other partner organizations. Hosted by Matt Gutman, this season’s stories include rescue efforts from several different oil spills, 20 manatees trapped in a storm drain and a pelican that landed in the middle of a busy highway.
An entire episode will be devoted to the work of rescue teams up and down the coast of California, including SeaWorld San Diego. Thousands of sea lions stranded this year due to starvation and exhaustion. The rescue and rehabilitation efforts of this mass stranding required flying additional zoological staff in from other SeaWorld parks.
The third season of ”The Wildlife Docs” once again highlights the dedicated veterinarians and animal care specialists at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay. Host Rachel Reenstra takes viewers behind the scenes with these skilled professionals to experience the life-enriching daily wellness, preventative health programs and groundbreaking medical procedures. This season’s highlights include an annual check-up on a rock hyrax, a small African cat with skin allergies, and caring for an injured Nile crocodile. Viewers also will see veterinarians working in the field with American martens in Michigan and sloths in Panama.
“The entire SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment family is proud of the great television both ‘Sea Rescue’ and ‘The Wildlife Docs’ provide,” said Anthony Esparza, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Chief Creative Officer. “These series showcase our passion for wildlife and conservation and we hope that they inspire viewers to take action and make a difference in their own backyard.”
“Sea Rescue” and “The Wildlife Docs” both average 1.4 million viewers each weekend.
About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable its customers to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share. The Company owns or licenses a portfolio of globally recognized brands including SeaWorld®, Shamu® and Busch Gardens®. Over its more than 50-year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 11 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind collection of approximately 89,000 marine and terrestrial animals. The Company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The Company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld rescue team has helped more than 26,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.