Even with SeaWorld's improved finances, the company on Friday fired an undisclosed number of employees, said a spokeswoman, who described the move as improving efficiency.
"Like most companies, we regularly evaluate operations to ensure we are well organized in terms of performance and efficiency," Suzanne Pelisson-Beasley said Saturday. "As part of these ongoing efforts, SeaWorld has eliminated a limited number of positions."
She refused to say in which ministries the cuts were made. Orlando-based SeaWorld Entertainment has 12 theme parks across the country, including the famous SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica sister water park and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
On social media, there is unconfirmed information that cuts included animal trainers, bird staff and animal ambassadors speaking to the public to teach flora and fauna. Other departments, ranging from merchandise to entertainment to park activities, have also been affected, according to a website where people can anonymously publish information about layoffs.
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When asked if SeaWorld was reducing its animal shows or conservation efforts, Pelisson-Beasley only responded, "We remain committed to our mission of conservation, education and rescue." "
In addition to its animal shows and rides, SeaWorld Orlando has a rescue team that often travels to rescue manatees and other sick animals. It may be years before these animals are healthy enough – and licensed by the federal government – to be released into the wild.
The dismissals are entrusted to the new CEO, Gus Antorcha, a former cruise director, who took charge of the company on 18 February.
SeaWorld executives have already stated that they are trying to save millions of dollars as the company opens new attractions and continues to bounce back from years of struggle. Pelisson-Beasley declined to say how much the last set of cuts could save.
SeaWorld has recently downsized.
In August 2018, SeaWorld eliminated 125 positions as part of a company-wide restructuring, at a time when the company was impressing analysts with its quarterly results.
SeaWorld had cut 350 positions in October 2017, while the number of spectators was even lower. Due to the drop in the number of spectators, the anti-whale documentary "Blackfish" was trapped. the competition against Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, which changed the landscape with his Harry Potter-themed lands.
As of December 31, SeaWorld employed approximately 4,700 full-time and 12,000 part-time employees, according to a SEC filing in March.
"The next time you visit the park, be it today, tomorrow or in a few weeks or if you see someone working with animals, take a moment to say" Hello "and thank them for all the hard work and dedication they have shown. their work, "commented on the poster on social media." Believe me, they will appreciate your kind words. "
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