Who's running SeaWorld's sinking ship these days?
The marine park chain is facing a barrage of criticism over the treatment of its captive whales and dolphins, its revenues are plummeting and business partners are dropping like flies. After CEO Jim Atchison stepped down on Jan. 15, the board of directors was left to hire a new leader to stave off the company's ever-steepening descent.
If the makeup of the board is any indication, the new CEO will come from the financial world and know little about conservation, zoology or wildlife species management - just like the nine members of the current board.
It's not the norm for an organization that holds "wildlife species management and conservation" as one of its main tenets not to have a single scientist on its board, Lori Marino, executive director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, told The Dodo.
"I think that not having anyone with a science, conservation, or animal behavior or veterinary background on the board is very telling," she said. "It tells something about the motivations of the organization, as well as the level of expertise they can draw from."