SeaWorld and DHL Specific Accomplice to Transfer Rehabilitated Manatee from Texas to Florida for Return

Steve Aibel, Vice President of Zoological Operations at SeaWorld San Antonio mentioned they’re all the time prepared to assist manatees in want when essential. As manatees proceed to face threats amidst an uncommon mortality occasion, it is necessary that animal care specialists throughout the nation step in to assist make sure the preservation of the dear species.

Earlier this 12 months, the manatee was discovered affected by chilly stress, flipper injury, extreme weight reduction and different illnesses in Texas waters. Whereas manatees are sometimes identified to reside in Florida, seasonal migrations to different southern states have elevated in recent times. That is solely the third manatee SeaWorld San Antonio has rehabilitated because of the unusual presence of manatees in Texas.

Retaining Animals Secure and Safe Throughout Transport

Because of the measurement and delicate nature of manatee air transports, it may be tough to search out ample transportation. Turtles Fly Too, a company that coordinates air transports for animals in want, labored across the clock to attempt to safe an plane and pilot to move this manatee to Florida. Ultimately, SeaWorld turned to longtime accomplice DHL Specific to facilitate the manatee transport.

To make this transfer attainable, DHL Specific transported the manatee in a customized, state-of-the-art container constructed particularly to carry manatees and in accordance with the necessities of the Worldwide Animal Transport Affiliation (IATA) – the regulatory group overseeing all animal transport over land, air or sea. Working with the IATA, SeaWorld helped set up the primary transport unit requirements for the protected transport of cetaceans and manatees, which incorporates the usage of open-top items designed to permit the animals to maneuver round and alter for consolation as wanted whereas remaining protected inside their container.

The container housing the manatee is designed with high-density, light-weight and insulated foam and secured on a palette hooked up to the ground for stability. The manatee rested on an 8″ mattress of open cell foam underneath a layer of two” closed cell foam that offsets the burden of the animal and supplies most consolation. The manatee was then coated in wool and area blankets to take care of a wholesome physique temperature and was consistently monitored throughout flight by SeaWorld animal care specialists utilizing laser thermometers. To maintain the physique moist, the manatee was misted with water underneath its blankets all through the flight.

“That is our fifth manatee efficiently transferred by our world Hub in Cincinnati this 12 months, and DHL is thrilled to proceed supporting the trouble to protect and defend the manatee inhabitants,” mentioned Cain Moodie, SVP of Community Operations and Aviation for DHL Specific Americas. “Shifting manatees is an intricate course of, so the pace and reliability of our air community, coupled with the in depth logistics planning with SeaWorld and their companions, helps guarantee these great creatures get again safely to their pure habitat.”

Rescued and Returned Again into the Pure Springs of Florida

Following a profitable transport from Texas to Florida, the manatee arrived at SeaWorld Orlando for a 48-hour remark interval to make sure its well being had not been impacted by the journey. As soon as the manatee was cleared by SeaWorld veterinarians, the manatee was transported to Kings Bay in Crystal River the place it was returned to the nice and cozy waters. The manatee was tagged for a Dauphin Island Sea Lab mission investigating manatee habitat use and distribution within the Northern Gulf of Mexico.

Since 1976, SeaWorld has helped unwell, orphaned, and injured manatees, rescuing and rehabilitating 1,300 manatees thus far. Whereas that is solely the third manatee SeaWorld San Antonio has ever rehabilitated, SeaWorld Orlando has an intensive historical past of serving to manatees in want. SeaWorld Orlando’s five-acre Rescue Heart has the capability to look after as much as 40 manatees at a time – the most important area out there in the US – and its amenities have a variety of important care facilities together with lifting flooring, top-of-the-line therapeutic and diagnostic gear, and knowledgeable veterinary workers. 

“As manatees proceed to undergo from a harmful uncommon mortality occasion, it is extra necessary now than ever to dedicate our time, power and sources to making sure their continued survival,” mentioned Jon Peterson, VP of Zoological Operations at SeaWorld Orlando and Head of SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Crew. “We’re grateful for the continued partnership and dedication from organizations like DHL and others who assist make rescues, rehabilitations and returns not solely attainable, however protected and profitable as effectively.”

SeaWorld is also credited for life-saving improvements in animal care and remedy for manatees, together with growing a particular child manatee system adaptable to fulfill every particular person nursing calf’s necessities and making a hand-feeding child bottle that imitates a mom manatee. SeaWorld pioneered manatee remedy strategies together with ultrasound, anesthesia, X-rays, surgical procedure, and thermography. SeaWorld veterinarians have been additionally the primary to place a forged on an injured manatee.

About SeaWorld Leisure 
SeaWorld Leisure, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is a number one theme park and leisure firm offering experiences that matter, and provoking visitors to guard animals and the wild wonders of our world. The Firm is among the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a worldwide chief in animal welfare, coaching, husbandry, and veterinary care. The Firm collectively cares for what it believes is among the largest zoological collections on the planet and has helped lead advances within the care of animals. The Firm additionally rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals which might be unwell, injured, orphaned, or deserted, with the objective of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue staff has helped greater than 40,000 animals in want over the Firm’s historical past.  SeaWorld Leisure, Inc. owns or licenses a portfolio of acknowledged manufacturers together with SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens®, Aquatica®, Sesame Place® and Sea Rescue®. Over its greater than 60-year historical past, the Firm has constructed a diversified portfolio of 12 vacation spot and regional theme parks which might be grouped in key markets throughout the US, lots of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological assortment. The Firm’s theme parks characteristic a various array of rides, reveals and different points of interest with broad demographic attraction which ship memorable experiences and a powerful worth proposition for its visitors. 

DHL is the main world model within the logistics business. Our DHL divisions provide an unrivalled portfolio of logistics providers starting from nationwide and worldwide parcel supply, e-commerce transport and achievement options, worldwide categorical, highway, air and ocean transport to industrial provide chain administration. With about 380,000 workers in additional than 220 international locations and territories worldwide, DHL connects folks and companies securely and reliably, enabling world sustainable commerce flows. With specialised options for development markets and industries together with know-how, life sciences and healthcare, engineering, manufacturing & power, auto-mobility and retail, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics firm for the world”. 

DHL is a part of Deutsche Publish DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of greater than 81 billion euros in 2021. With sustainable enterprise practices and a dedication to society and the surroundings, the Group makes a constructive contribution to the world. Deutsche Publish DHL Group goals to realize zero-emissions logistics by 2050. 

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