When the Institute was incorporated as a non-profit by the founders of SeaWorld a year before the first SeaWorld opened in San Diego, their intent was to promote the study of marine animals toward the benefit of wild populations. Observing this conservation ethos, SeaWorld has sustained HSWRI scientists’ access to its zoological collections toward advancing a science-based understanding of the animals in their care. For almost 60 years, HSWRI scientists have studied basic animal physiology, sensory ecology and comparative behavior. This research has improved human understanding of these animals in the wild toward their conservation and advanced our basic knowledge of their optimum health and behaviors.
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