SeaWorld San Diego Conservation Connections Tour

We just returned home from a week in California and with more family vacation photos than I know what to do with. Some of those are immediately getting printed and framed including many of the photos we took during the SeaWorld San Diego Conservation Connections Tour. Growing up visiting SeaWorld and our oldest daughter starting her love for marine animals in the park very young, we have followed many of the animal ambassadors in the park for years. The traveling animal ambassadors visit classrooms and groups all over the country to teach them about conservation and how we can all make a positive difference. While not traveling, these animals reside in the park and aside from their leisurely strolls through SeaWorld with their behaviorists to educate guests, they are now part of the newConservation Connections Tour. We went on the tour last week and my youngest daughter has asked to do it again everyday since. Our experience included interactions with Peanut the beaver, Goldie the cockatoo and Kandoro the porcupine. We were also treated to a visit from Buffy and Zander, 18 year old asian small clawed otters my daughter met in the park years ago.

The SeaWorld San Diego Animal Conservation Experience tour is a wonderful learning opportunity with animal encounters providing conservation facts and tips.

TheConservation Connections Tour provides the opportunity to interact with three animal ambassadors potentially including some of the animals we met during our family experience. To book your tour, visit the Dolphin and Beluga Interaction Center in the park. The animals selected for your experience will be at random but you can make a request if you have a strong desire to interact with a specific animal (please keep in mind not all requests can be accommodated due to scheduling). Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult on the tour. 

The SeaWorld San Diego Animal Conservation Experience tour is a wonderful learning opportunity with animal encounters providing conservation facts and tips.

After hearing the safety rules, we began our tour by visiting Peanut the Beaver. Her home includes a pool and wood cut fresh daily. We learned Peanut’s family had not survived a bear attack when she was a baby. Beavers thrive in families and unless adopted as an infant by other beavers, Peanut never would have survived on her own. She has lived at SeaWorld ever since and enjoys swimming, eating mulberry and teaching guests about conservation.

The SeaWorld San Diego Animal Conservation Experience tour is a wonderful learning opportunity with animal encounters providing conservation facts and tips.

Peanut weighs about 40 pounds and is the most gentle animal. Her teeth are orange because it’s where she stores iron and has no enamel, that is why beavers need to constantly chew on wood to wear down and sharpen their teeth. She was curious about my daughters and they happily welcomed her affection.

The SeaWorld San Diego Animal Conservation Experience tour is a wonderful learning opportunity with animal encounters providing conservation facts and tips.

She is very comfortable with people because SeaWorld is her home. She cannot be released to the wild because other beavers would not accept her into their family and this is crucial for survival.

The SeaWorld San Diego Animal Conservation Experience tour is a wonderful learning opportunity with animal encounters providing conservation facts and tips.

During the experience the guide and animal behaviorist, Brie, shared many facts and information about how to help animals in the wild. We were all very intrigued by Peanut’s strong tail. In the wild beavers use their tail to slap the water and alert their family of danger. 

The SeaWorld San Diego Animal Conservation Experience tour is a wonderful learning opportunity with animal encounters providing conservation facts and tips.

As we left Peanut’s home, we watched as she pulled a fresh piece of tree to her pool.

The SeaWorld San Diego Animal Conservation Experience tour is a wonderful learning opportunity with animal encounters providing conservation facts and tips.

Next we met Goldie, a sulfur crested cockatoo. He has quite the personality!

The SeaWorld San Diego Animal Conservation Experience tour is a wonderful learning opportunity with animal encounters providing conservation facts and tips.

Goldie has his own recycling bin and uses it all by himself.

The SeaWorld San Diego Animal Conservation Experience tour is a wonderful learning opportunity with animal encounters providing conservation facts and tips.The SeaWorld San Diego Animal Conservation Experience tour is a wonderful learning opportunity with animal encounters providing conservation facts and tips.

Kandoro is an african crested porcupine and very interesting to my oldest daughter because at home she has a pet hedgehog. She had many questions about the quills and their similarities. Brie explained Kandoro has never had a reason to use his quills for protection at SeaWorld. Porcupines can rattle their quills to sound like a rattlesnake and when in serious danger, they run and thrust their sharp back quills for protection.

The SeaWorld San Diego Animal Conservation Experience tour is a wonderful learning opportunity with animal encounters providing conservation facts and tips.The SeaWorld San Diego Animal Conservation Experience tour is a wonderful learning opportunity with animal encounters providing conservation facts and tips.

Buffy and Zander are 18 year old asian small clawed otters that have been educating park guests for many years. They were the first otters my daughter had the opportunity to interact with just after she had turned five years old. These otters have a life expectancy of about 10-12 years in the wild. The pair are well known in the park and my daughters really enjoyed their visit. 

The SeaWorld San Diego Animal Conservation Experience tour is a wonderful learning opportunity with animal encounters providing conservation facts and tips.The SeaWorld San Diego Animal Conservation Experience tour is a wonderful learning opportunity with animal encounters providing conservation facts and tips.

The SeaWorld San DiegoConservation Connections Tour is a wonderful learning opportunity. The animal encounters provide impactful moments that will stay with your children and provide insights for future conservation efforts. 

Which animal ambassadors would you like to meet at SeaWorld San Diego?

Learn more about theConservation Connections Tour by connecting with SeaWorld San Diego on FacebookInstagram and with Clyde the Sea Lion on Twitter.  

See more about our experiences at SeaWorld San Diego and read why I still choose to support SeaWorld. A few of my favorite visits include my daughter learning that girls can be anything they want to be from Miss California and killer whales at SeaWorld.

The SeaWorld San Diego Conservation Connections Tour is a wonderful learning opportunity with animal encounters providing conservation facts and tips.

23 thoughts on “SeaWorld San Diego Conservation Connections Tour”

  1. I have been to the Seaworld in SD, but not taken this tour. I am going to have to add it to my agenda for the next time I go.

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  2. Wow! Your kids are brave! I think it would be so cool to be so close to the animals, but I have a fear of the unknown of animals so I would have to be the one on the other side of the camera while everyone else enjoyed. Looks like such and educational tour!

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    • I agree there is always the unknown factors when working with animals. However, the behaviorists are highly skilled and familiar with these animals to maintain a safe environment for the animal ambassadors and guests. Additionally, remember they have a variety of animals to select from when crafting each unique experience. If an animal would rather not interact at that time, they are given appropriate space and privacy.

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  3. These experiences sound amazing! Getting to be so up close and personal to animals you normally wouldn’t get a chance to see is awesome and I bet the kids loved it!

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    • Agreed, my daughters very much enjoyed this experience. It’s great to have the opportunity to learn from animals you wouldn’t normally have an opportunity to observe in the wild.

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  4. It sounds like you had so much fun! I think it’s awesome that you guys were able to interact with the animals, especially the kids. I think it’s one of the best ways to make them care more about nature and the animals that live there.

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    • Thank you for this comment. Teaching children about animals is so important and experiences like this are a great way for a positive lasting impression and desire to help teach others about conservation. We’ve been talking about this tour everyday since our visit!

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    • My oldest daughter knows more about the ocean, animals and conservation because of our many visits to SeaWorld than any other educational endeavors we’ve participated in.

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  5. I love that this program allows kids to interact with the animals. It’s a great way to teach them how to care for nature and our planet.

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  6. This is cool, I am not a huge sea world fan, just because I feel bad about having animals in cages and having them there to perform.

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    • Thank you for your honest comment. In full disclosure, my eight year old daughter is their guest kid blogger. She’s been learning about animals and conservation at the park with incredible educators since she was just a baby. I really appreciate our ability to agree to disagree but I can say my daughter has learned more at SeaWorld than any other zoological facility and the hundreds of times we’ve observed animals in the wild. Some children never have the opportunity to see these animals elsewhere or learn about what we all can do to help them in the wild.

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