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Do you know Cayman’s official tourism app? It’s called “Cayman Visitor” and we are beyond happy about being named “The Best Dolphin Adventure”.
We won this pretty cool certificate and now we share with you guys. Thanks! Thanks a lot!
Swim with dolphins in Dolphin Discovery Grand Cayman… it’s an experience of a lifetime!
222,000 Kids in 1,600 Communities Will Benefit From the Campaign in the Yucatan Peninsula
New York, January 15,2014 - Dolphin Discovery Group, the largest group of dolphinariums in the world, will incorporate the Mexican State of Quintana Roo to the “One World Futbol Project” when their members distribute soccer balls to the communities surrounding their Isla Mujeres facilities today.
Launched in Mexico last September 2013, singer Sting and the initiative’s creator, Timothy Jeninger, OWFP aims to provide children of impoverished communities with one of the basic toys in the world – a soccer ball. Backed by private companies and government authorities, the kids of the states of Quintana Roo, Campeche and Yucatan will receive a total of 11,000 soccer balls by October of this year throughout the Yucatan Peninsula.
Dolphin Discovery Group’s social responsibility initiatives have provided real results to its surrounding communities. In the past 3 years, more than 10,000 children have learned about sea life and swam with their dolphins. Its veterinarians were also credited with saving an endangered dolphin that lost its way and was caught in the reefs that surround Isla Mujeres this past November.
Last December in Dolphin Discovery Grand Cayman we just celebrate our 5th Anniversary. We love to enjoy this festive times with Grand Cayman’s community, so we thought it would be great to celebrate our Birthday with another Birthday! –wait what?
Yep! Last year we had some great news: Alegria gave to birth a little calf that we love and take care off at Dolphin Discovery. However, this cute guy didn’t have a name so we decided that Gran Cayman’s Anniversary would be the perfect occasion to annunciate we were looking for some help.
Lots of kids from different schools sent to us their names and why they wanted to name Baby Dolphin like that.
The Top 5 names were chosen and voted by all Dolphin Discovery fans on Facebook. We need to tell all names were so creative and we loved to read all the stories, but we had to pick one of them all.
So, Lucky is the name and now we think it fits perfect!
Again, thanks a lot for all the submissions. Of course, Top 3 won some nice prices:
1st: Riley Lagan from Cayman Pre- Primary (who have won a yearlong dolphin experience certificate)
2nd. Arian from Grace Academy
3rd. Ryan Scott from Tiffany’s Pre School
See you next time! Dolphin kisses for you all
At Dolphin Discovery, we are constantly surprised and surprise others. We finished this year fulfilling the desires of our guests.
During Dec 31st 2013 and Jan 1st 2014, we provide our visitors a “Wish List ” to indicate which location in the world where we have dolphinariums, would they like to spend the next New Year’s Eve.
That is why we will honor the wishes of the winners, with a paid trip to the selected location: Round Trip to destination + 5 Stars Hotel + Swimming with dolphins program.
The sweepstake will be broadcasted live on February 14 through our social networks. For more info just click here: http://www.dolphindiscovery.com/mybucketlist2014/
Remember that magic grows when it’s shared. Greetings, hugs and dolphin kisses.
Dolphin Discovery formed a human task force in the campaign to protect the blue crab. Written By Dolphin Discovery.
Cancun just like other parts of the Riviera Maya, is considered one of the areas with the highest urban growth in recent years worldwide. For more veterans who saw its inception 30 years ago, its wealth of natural areas was the main attraction and there was a feeling of respect between humans and animals sharing a common property such as land. Decades passed and the lucky tourist demand sees Cancun is developing before our eyes at a speed that Mother Nature cannot keep up with, new large residential lots, modification of mangrove systems are part of the long list of environmental impacts carried out on a small or large scale in our city. This has a name, fragmentation of ecosystems and the ability to stop it is almost impossible.
If everyone is so focused on urban development, who is going to take charge of the animals living in? That is why small actions make big changes, every year the campaign to protect the blue crab is celebrated on the 18th to 20th of October. Blue crabs have an important role in mangrove conservation as they make their nests in the roots of plants which provide oxygenation for the plants and are they are responsible for eating everything on the beaches and surrounding areas that are dead. During this time they cross streets, asphalt, bridges without understanding truck, traffic lights, pedestrian crossings in the search of salt water which lay their next offspring, as a result many of them being run over unconsciously citizens . The blue crabs live up to 8 years, to which an entire generation of the species is considered as being endangered in Quintana Roo.
Dolphin Discovery in collaboration with the Government of Quintana Roo, actively collaborate with the team at the Department of Environmental Education and Conservation, and dozens of trainers and associates joined the noble cause of saving the maximum amount possible (it is the females at the greatest risk). The task is to help cross the female crabs with thousands of offspring in his belly to a secure areas, working through the night with flashlights, moving the crabs carefully into buckets and leaving them where they are not at risk.
A total of 70 people from different departments led by Rosario Garcia, Biologist at Dolphin Discovery and coordinator of the department crossed more than a hundred females, armed pickers with lanterns, buckets, brooms worked at night in municipalities such as Isla Mujeres, Playa las Perlas, dolphin beach, areas where this species has chosen by the amount of beach. Helping the conservation of the species and consciousness of the public creates an awareness in our children, each year more people are joining this cause, even 10 year olds are accompanying their parents with flashlight in hand creating a clear conscience about the environment and this insures that the coming years will continue to have blue crabs spawning on our shores.
COZUMEL, Q. ROO October 2013
Dolphin Discovery as part of our social work and giving back to the community has the mission to teach environmental awareness in our communities about our dolphin, prioritizing our children.
The Department of Environmental Conservation Education and Dolphin Discovery has been given the task of visiting schools in our communities, offering free tours of Dolphin Discovery dolphinarium and invites children to have the wonderful experience of working with dolphins, manatees and sea lions.
The month of October 2013, Dolphin Discovery Cozumel was honored to receive to be visited by more than 400 children from different schools: Cristobal Colon, Gardner Institute and the Parthenon Institute, taking the record of school visit across all of our dolphinariums this month.
While visiting the dolphinarium children could learn more about these wonderful marine mammals and interact closely with them.
Dolphin Discovery as always is proud and happy to contribute to the environmental education of our children, in their hands is the present and future of our planet, its ecosystems and biodiversity.
Mexico City, October 2013
About 7 million people inhabit Planet Earth makes a real challenge to stay healthy and give us energy so we could move, eat, entertain and work and every day we want and need more!
The scarcity of fossil fuels and the consequences of carbon emissions without climate restrictions are fostering new ideas for energy. Given limited resources, humanity must take a new path towards sustainable development. The World Commission on Environment and Development, established by the United Nations in 1983 defined sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations who have to meet their own needs.”
Working for sustainable development requires simultaneous progress in five dimensions: economic, human, environmental, institutional and technological. For each of these knowledge is required for looking after them. In the case of environmental issues there is much still to learn about our planet and to know even more about the biology and ethology of the species that inhabit it. At Dolphin Discovery we are confident that only through knowledge can we move towards achieving sustainable development, under the belief that “you cannot protect what you do not know, let alone love him.”
At Dolphin Discovery we deal for caring our ecosystems and educate people about it. So we are constantly looking for important ecological participate by attending events with the aim of spreading the importance of animal species and their environment, especially as wonderful species as those we find in our care: dolphins, sea lions and manatees.
In Mexico City, last October the 3rd Conference for Sustainability was held organized by University of Science Museum.
The day included a series of talks, demonstrations and workshops offered by various agencies highlighting: UNAM Faculty of Science, Institute of Biology, the General Disclosure UNAM Science and Dolphin Discovery.It is in this context that Dolphin Discovery joins the national effort to participate in this important scientific forum for dissemination of high university.
Dolphin Discovery Six Flags Mexico participated in the series of talks from the 25th to the 27th October 2013. The event took place in the auditorium of R3 (Recycle, Reduce and Reuse) in the university, the talks focused on animal care and we gave a presentation of our educational program led by the Department of Environmental and Conservation Education.
Talks caused a buzz and interest from the public. The forum of Friday 25 was intended for schools, we have the participation of 60 students from CCH and Bachelors. Exposure started talking about the history of Dolphin Discovery, with few dolphin species and about the ones we have in our care. This day was the turn of the Antillean Manatee or Caribbean Manatee (Trichechus manatus) to speak. They shared their Manatee Project with the group in which Dolphin Discovery is proud to participate, through our Deputy Director of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Roberto Sánchez Okrucky who is the Subcommittee technical advisor of the project “Conservation, restoration and management of manatee Mexico “since 1999.
We begin the story of our rescue manatees Romeo and Juliet in 2001, two beautiful manatees were found in Jonuta Lagoon, Veracruz. The state government Dolphin Discovery awarded us the care and custody of these precious specimens, which inhabit the dolphinarium located in Puerto Aventuras. From that year we began to work towards the rescue of this wonderful species that is endangered.
With Romeo and Juliet begins our successful breeding program Manties. The August 22, 2005 born in Puerto Aventuras first breeding Juliet Yotlzin in Nahuatl means “small heart”, followed Quixote (March 2008) and Edgar (September 2010).Saturday and Sunday in Universum was completely familiar. This time we take to publicize the work as a Socially Responsible Company we conducted through the Department of Environmental Education and Conservation.
Our department, in different locations, has made great achievements. Priority: Environmental Education for the children of our communities. With this program we had the opportunity to interact with parents and children between 7 and 12 years, who at the end of the talk involving us how excited they were to have learned more about marine mammals. We did not lose the opportunity to show the video with the message of conservation; this time we showed how easy it is to put litter in its place, reminding them that this is the only way we can help our planet. Who better to demonstrate then our Sea Wolves: Lola and Kenya.
These talks ended our participation in the 3rd Day of sustainability at the University. We made it clear that the conservation of the species and its environment should be a priority for the new generations. Dolphin Discovery Group is proud to participate in various forums and environmental events in schools with a strong purpose: the care and conservation of marine mammals.
Dolphin Discovery and the National Day of the Manatee
What animal is this? Is it like a sea lion? Does it look like a dolphin? These are some of the dozens of questions we hear from our guests every day at Dolphin Discovery about the manatees. Sometimes they are called “sea cows” or “marine elephants”, we simply call them by their name, manatee.
Mexico, especially the state of Quintan Roo, should be proud to have this species in the region. It’s an animal that can weigh almost one tonne, it’s movements in the water are slow and it has no natural predator except, like many other species, human beings which are its largest threat. Their diet is exclusively vegetarian and they do not have visible teeth like the dolphin. Their need to breathe air at the surface of the water has led to hundreds of manatee deaths due to the impact of the propellers of boats and the dangers of fishing nets. Dolphin Discovery uses this as inspiration to celebrate the National Day of the Manatee every September 7 as a commemorative event and opportunity to educate the next generations about our work and to invite youth to make the manatees are a part of their lives too.
Thanks to the efforts of institutions like Colegio Frontera Sur and Dolphin Discovery, every year information about these marine mammals is shared with hundreds of people. The meeting occurs in Chetumal, the center of the celebrations of this important day. Dolphin Discovery Coordinator of Environmental Education Rosario Garcia and two of her team members travel to the state capital to work with the team of Dr. Benjamin Morales in providing two days of free activities. The Environmental Education team is coordinated by the subdirection of trainers group, Edgar Urbina, Manuel Garduño and Alex Mata which attends the most relevant national and international events related to the environment.
During the two days there are numerous delightful activities for children and adults; gifts, murals, direct interaction with the biologists, creating art with recycled materials, an endless series of moments dedicated to inspiring the next generation of caregivers to our planet to conserve the species and create a consciousness about the use of natural resources.
The biggest threat to the manatee is the contamination of the natural lagoons, pollution is destroying the areas and the availability of food sources is diminishing because of human irresponsibility. Dolphin Discovery will not stand idly by, in our ten locations in Mexico we demonstrate to our guests the fragility of the species and the large quantity of waste and garbage that ends up in the ocean and lagoons.
The texture of a plastic bag underwater is almost the same as marine algae and the poor vision of the manatee does not allow it to distinguish between the two. This is just one of dozens of examples of why we need to care about how we live our daily lives.
Dolphin Discovery is home to 11 manatees, 4 of which were born in our installations and others that have been rescued as in the case of Robert. Only two days old and orphaned, he was brought to our Puerto Aventuras location where the Grupo Dolphin family of manatees along with trainers and veterinarians raised him. Now everyone can meet him in our natural lagoon.
In just two days of the events in Chetumal, 150 children participated in the educational programs of Dolphin Discovery on September 7, and a total of 420 children visited our Day of the Manatee displays which, without a doubt, will leave them with a grand impression of this animal and the importance of conservation.
Albert Einstein said “Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means.”