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Large number of dolphins moved to Abu Dhabi marine park

Up to 24 captive bottlenose dolphins have reportedly been sent to a new SeaWorld theme...
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Success! Removal of last river dams to help threatened orcas in the US

Great news has emerged from the US concerning our work to protect the endangered orca...

More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified

Scientists and observers from many different countries have identified and mapped 36 new Important Marine...
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Las Vegas dolphin facility to close

Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat in Las Vegas is to permanently close....

Cyprus government to overturn dolphinarium ban?

A sixteen year ban on the keeping of dolphins in captivity in Cyprus could be overturned, according to a report in the local Cyprus Mail.

In 1997 a Ministerial decree was passed prohibiting whale and dolphin shows and the use of them for commercial purposes in Cyprus. Finally, after the decree came into force in 1999, the Ayia Napa Marine Park closed its doors, not long after the last of four Black Sea bottlenose dolphins it held had died.

Since 1999, other European countries, such as Croatia, have also enacted bans on dolphinariums.

It appears applications in Cyprus will now be looked at on a case-by-case basis by the government.

About George Berry

George is a member of WDC's Communications team and website coordinator.