The Dolphinaris Foundation consists of three different units, each supporting one of our causes.
- Education: to teach children and young adults about dolphins in a fun and interactive way, often difficult in classrooms.
- Research: Collaborate with universities to push dolphin research further.
- Conservation: Use our knowledge to help preserve the natural environment for dolphins.
We started the Dolphinaris Foundation for three reasons.
- Create awareness for dolphins and ocean health among our youngest minds.
- Unite accomplished minds in order to perform research that will improve the health of dolphins.
- Form a better environment for dolphins to live in.
Dolphinaris understands it is in a unique position to cause real change in the world. Our commitment to dolphins extends beyond the walls of our dolphinarium. We want to inspire a generation of thinkers who are motivated to reverse our planet’s trend of pollution, specifically in the oceans. We want to see a cleaner, restored ocean with flourishing marine life. We know it’s not an easy goal. But we’re making strides every day.
Some specifics about the Dolphinaris Foundation:
Our education programs encourage people to use new and scientific knowledge for positive changes. Some examples of our education programs include:
These consist of educational yet fun guided tours for school groups at our Dolphinaris facilities. These tours are for elementary schools in both public and private sectors near each location. They are designed to be experiential learning visits taught by our Environmental Guides. The program’s main goal is to promote understanding and action toward conservation of natural resources, especially marine ecosystems and their inhabitants.
Texas A&M University
Each year, students and teachers from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi visit Dolphinaris facilities to conduct research and learn about the care of marine mammals. Students work directly with the dolphins and their trainers. As a result, students develop a solid foundation in dolphin biology, physiology, behavior, and conservation. The combination of study and interaction with the animals makes this program unique.
For 4 years (2012-2015), Dolphinaris hosted AQUAVET III. In these advanced educational courses, about 30 veterinary students attended from Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Minnesota, Pomona University, and Tufts, among other schools. During their 2 weeks in Mexico with Dolphinaris, college students took part in courses and practices focused in anatomy, physiology, medicine, training, water quality control, handling, clinical laboratory, ophthalmology, preservation, reproduction, endoscopy, and ultrasonography. After their training, students also participated in the diagnosis of clinical cases based on real-world scenarios. Thus Dolphinaris plays a role in the education of tomorrow’s professionals in the field of veterinary medicine.
Our collaboration with Texas A&M has done two things. First, it has taught college students a thing or two about dolphins. Second, we too have gained valuable insights.
We’ve used those insights to help push dolphin medicine forward. Using a medical instrument known as a pneumotachometer, we monitored dolphin’s respiratory flow rates. This provided us with a baseline for a healthy dolphin.
The data acquired will help us better detect diseases earlier on, when there is still a chance to reverse the damage.
This is what our Dolphinaris Foundation is all about. Teaching those who are curious about marine mammals. And while doing so, if we can gather pertinent research and then act on that research in a way that betters dolphins lives, then we have been successful.
This is where it all comes together. This is where our Dolphinaris Foundation units converge. Here is one of our main goals: to create a safer, healthier environment for marine mammals.
Then we realized something:
Wanting dolphins to live better lives is wonderful. But that by itself is not enough. That emotion must be backed by action.
Just last year, we partnered with Universidad Autónoma del Carmen. Together we embarked on a conservation project.
Laguna de Términos in Campeche, Mexico. This place features one of the highest concentration of wild dolphins in the world.Together, we collected samples from wild dolphins in order to assess the health of their environment.
Remember, real action cannot be taken without real data. Thanks to our efforts, we can now act.
Armed with this new information, we are taking steps to reduce pollution in the area. This will improve the life of those wild dolphins.
Not only them. But every other marine species that co-exists in that bio-diverse environment too.