Following their recent rebrand, Dolphin Marine Conservation Park have today announced that it will cease breeding dolphins, to better align with the future direction of the organisation.
“We are getting back to our roots – education and conservation through the rescue, rehabilitation and release of marine wildlife,” said Managing Director Mr Terry Goodall.
“The dolphins we have in our park have either been rescued or born here, and they all participate in a full range of behaviours; from play to mock foraging for their food. While reproduction will be no longer be part of their lives, we are confident that the dolphins will continue to experience dynamic and enriching social interactions” said Mr Goodall.
The Park has been working with animal welfare groups in investigating the feasibility of a sea pen.
“The sea pen idea is great in theory and may very well prove viable” said Mr. Goodall. “However, we need to investigate it thoroughly to make sure it can be maintained long-term and more importantly, is in the best interest of the animals.”
“There is strong scientific evidence that supports the link between breeding and the positive welfare of animals under human care that cannot be released back to the wild, so we will be working with the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) to ensure that our animals’ welfare remains positive in the absence of our females rearing young.
“What everyone can agree on, is that the welfare of these animals is the top priority” said Mr Goodall.