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Feeding and Veterinary Medical Program at Lake Eola, FL
By:The Regal SwanŽ
Date: 20 August 2007

Contact: Shirley Bolin

Phone: 407-931-6838
E-mail: Bolin.S

The Regal SwanŽ to Implement Feeding and Veterinary Medical Program for Swans at Orlando's Lake Eola

ORLANDO, FLORIDA-August 20, 2007- The Regal SwanŽ, an Orlando-based swan research group, has agreed to consult with the City of Orlando Families, Parks & Recreation Department to implement a feeding, veterinary medical and daily maintenance program for the swans at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. This partnership is intended to improve the health and wellness of the swans and is being co-sponsored by The Family of Orange Lake Resorts.

Dr. Christopher W. Brown will be the swan veterinarian for Lake Eola. Dr. Brown and Dr. Geoffrey R. Gardner, who is the swan veterinarian for the City of Lakeland, have both served as Orange Lake's swan veterinarians for almost 10 years. The research group plans to improve the nutritional status of the swans immediately, with the installation of swan feeders that were placed along Lake Eola’s shoreline on August 18. Orange Lake is sponsoring this feeder program. Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan participated in the installation of the feeders.

This fall, The Regal SwanŽ will conduct the first swan "round-up" for veterinary medical examinations, vaccinations, and microchipping of all swans on Lake Eola. The swan species inhabiting Lake Eola include Mute Swans and Australian Black Swans. Both species have been present in the area for almost 100 years.

The Regal SwanŽ, Inc. is based in Orlando, Florida and is committed to the humane treatment and veterinary medical care of captive swans. The Regal Swan researchers recently identified bacteria causing swan flocks in the U.K. and the U.S. to turn pink in color and were instrumental in pioneering the use of vaccines to mitigate swan deaths due to botulism and the West Nile Virus.

On July 13, 2007, The Regal SwanŽ researchers traveled to England at the invitation of Her Majesty's Swan Warden, Dr. Christopher Perrins and Her Majesty's Swan Marker, Mr. David Barber to participate in the historical swan-upping along the Thames River. The Regal Swan research team collaborated with swan experts throughout the U.K. and helped capture, vaccinate and exam more than 800 wild swans at the Abbotsbury Swannery. The Regal Swan researchers were also asked to assist in capturing 65 swans along the Thames during an oil spill.

Shirley Bolin, a research team member, has been in Moscow, Russia the past few weeks collaborating with swan keepers at the Moscow Zoo. All research data is being compiled for a veterinary medical book specifically for swans.

The organization has received the National Daily Point of Light Award, as well as the Governor's Point of Light Award, for their dedication to the care of swans. The researchers have authored a book on the care of captive swans, entitled Swan Keeper's Handbook: A Guide to the Care of Captive Swans by Krieger Publishing, released in 2003. For more information about The Regal SwanŽ, visit

About Orange Lake
Located next door to Walt Disney WorldŽ Resort, Orange Lake's flagship location in Orlando was established in 1982 by Holiday InnŽ Founder, Kemmons Wilson. It offers four unique resort villages situated on 1,250 acres and is home to over a half dozen mute swans. Orange Lake in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin offers luxury spa and recreation facilities, fine dining, entertainment and championship golf. Orange Lake Vermont is a four-season mountainside resort featuring alpine skiing, snowboarding, fishing and hiking, a spa, several dining options and more. Overlooking St. Andrews Bay, Orange Lake Panama City is a premier vacation destination for golf and recreational activities on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The company plans to continue the expansion of their resort network and is actively seeking more growth opportunities to continue being the "home-away-from-home" to more than 110,000 owners from all 50 U.S. states and more than 120 countries. For more information about Orange Lake, contact Stacey Sutherland at 407.905.1914. Please visit our website:

Six Swan Feeders Donated by The Family of Orange Lake Resorts

CEO, Sheila Bolin, from The Regal SwanŽ and Orlando City Commissioner, Patty Sheehan introduce one of Lake Eola’s Australian Black Swans to a new feeder donated by The Family of Orange Lake Resorts

Swan Feeder Installed

CEO, Don Harrill, from The Family of Orange Lake Resorts, presents one of six swan feeders to Orlando City Commissioner, Patty Sheehan surrounded by members of The Regal SwanŽ and the City of Orlando Families, Parks & Recreation Department.

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Feeding and Veterinary Medical Program at Lake Eola, FL -- The Regal SwanŽ -- 20 August 2007
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