Starting this weekend, guests are invited to an up-close special event to see and learn more about animal care with the experts at SeaWorld San Diego’s Inside Look event taking place on Saturdays and Sundays, January 8-30. This event will give guests an ‘inside look’ to learn more about the dedicated animal care and what it takes to maintain a premier zoological institution like SeaWorld San Diego. Through engaging educational opportunities, guests will participate in exclusive meet-and-greets and special access that will be available throughout the event to help build a deeper understanding and appreciation for the natural world we all share.
In addition to the Orca Encounter offered daily, the park will host an exclusive Orca presentation for Inside Look, demonstrating the H.E.L.P.P.R. (Husbandry, Exercise, Learning, Play, Presentation and Relate) philosophy that the SeaWorld animal care team embodies and the incredible connection created between the Animal Care Specialists and orcas. Guests can arrive early to the Sea Lions Live and Dolphin Days shows for special 10-minute presentations where they will learn more about the day-to-day care the dedicated animal care teams provide to these animals, how they cultivate behaviors and bonds, and how the work being done at SeaWorld benefits these species in the wild. Additionally, knowledgeable Education and Zoological Ambassadors will hold talks throughout the day at exhibits across the park, including Wild Arctic, Flamingos, Penguin Encounter, Otter Outlook, and Sea Lion Point, and share stories of personal connections, animal insights and Q&A discussions directly from the dedicated specialists who care for these animals every day.
“Inside Look is an extremely unique opportunity for guests to connect with these amazing animals and allows us to showcase the work being done by our dedicated Animal Care and Rescue Teams on a daily basis. Our team works closely with these animals every day which has built trust over many years. During this event we will share how these special relationships are cultivated and some of our favorite memories with our guests,” said Stephanie Costelow, SeaWorld Vice President of Zoological Operations. “From daily educational presentations to the more than 39,000 rescues our SeaWorld Rescue team has completed, we hope that through our efforts, we are able to teach and inspire others to take actions that help protect wild animals and wild places.”
For an in-depth look at SeaWorld’s history of animal care, guests can visit the Inside Look Event Hub at Mission Bay Theater to participate in conversations with zoological experts. They can also view curated episodes of the award-winning SeaWorld Sea Rescue TV series, along with hosted trivia and park history. At Mission Bay Theatre, guests will also encounter the SeaWorld Up-Close exhibit featuring displays of equipment and wetsuits used by the Rescue Team and unique items from the park’s great 55-year history.
Inside Look will spotlight conservation organizations in the local community that SeaWorld partners with, such as the Wolf Education Project among others. Nautilus Amphitheater will feature weekend presentations with guest speakers and animal ambassadors, each with a unique tie to SeaWorld. Speakers include renowned local artist Stephen Fishwick, Jackson Conservation Ambassadors and more. Guests can partake in a tour that takes them behind the scenes of an engineering structure that maintains the crucial water quality at the park, demonstrating the link between the ocean and SeaWorld.
To further enhance their Inside Look experience, guests can choose to purchase an Inside Look Scavenger Hunt map that encourages people of all ages to discover new things about SeaWorld San Diego by matching stickers with points of interest around the park and redeem completed maps for a special SeaWorld prize.