- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - SeaWorld is committing $1.5 million over three years for a new partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through the Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program.

The park says it is part of a $10 million pledge to fund research and conservation of killer whales in the wild. It will focus on increasing prey availability, improving habitat quality and strengthening management through research.

NFWF will seek to match that commitment with additional public and private dollars.

SeaWorld says the program is dedicated primarily to providing support to aid in the recovery of the endangered southern resident killer whale population found in the coastal waters of Washington State and surrounding areas.

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