News and studies have shown alarming consequences of the growing threat of plastics to our oceans and wildlife. The Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, estimates that eight million metrics tons of plastics enter the ocean each year, on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons that currently circulate the planet.
We have been at the forefront of animal rescue and ocean conservation for more than five decades as part of our mission to protect animals and habitats worldwide. Our efforts include the reduction of single-use plastics in our parks. In fact, SeaWorld San Antonio was the first theme park to eliminate plastic straws in 2018. Since then, we have removed all single use plastic straws and plastic coffee stir sticks, plastic shopping bags and expanded polystyrene foam products from all 13 of our parks.