The term endangered is used by international and national organizations to define plants and animals currently in danger of becoming extinct. Although the term endangered is universally used, the definition of an endangered species is greatly varied. In most cases, the factors causing an organism to become endangered are human- related.
Hundreds of environmental organizations work together to promote environmental conservation. Thousands of international and national laws attempt to protect animals from becoming extinct. Zoological parks throughout the world establish endangered species breeding programs in the hope of reintroducing animals back into their natural environments. In spite of these efforts, many species of animals and plants become extinct every year. This booklet discusses many of the international and national organizations involved in protecting endangered species. Federal wildlife laws and governing agencies responsible for administering the laws are also explained.
The Sea World and Busch Gardens parks pledge to protect and conserve the environment
and endangered wildlife. Throughout our work in animal rescue and rehabilitation,
breeding, medical care, scientific studies, and education, the Sea World and Busch Gardens
theme parks demonstrate a strong commitment to the preservation of marine life and the
marine environment. Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida is home to nearly 40 endangered
species and is well-known for its breeding programs. The Sea world parks have rescued
hundreds of injured, beached, and stranded endangered species along the North American
coastlines, including manatees and sea turtles.
This informational resource profiles a variety of endangered or threatened species housed at the Sea World and Busch Gardens parks, discussing their status and current conservation efforts underway to protect them.
"Our environmental philosophy is based on the belief that the world we share is only given to us in trust. Every choice we make regarding the earth, air and water around us is made with the objective of preserving it all for the generations to come. This is how our stewardship will be judged, and that is our commitment."
August A. Busch, III Chairman of the Board and President, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
International Zoological Conservation Organizations and Computer Systems
SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Animal Information Database
www.seaworld.org / www.buschgardens.org
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