We are proud that Dolphinaris and its Cancun location have received certification from the European Association for Aquatic Mammals (EAAM), for exceeding the high standards of care and welfare of aquatic mammals that the EAAM demands. Dolphinaris Arizona is committed to providing the same high level of care in our new location.
The EAAM visited Dolphinaris Cancun in early 2016 In order to carry out an on-site inspection necessary for the certification. During the visit, the following aspects were evaluated:
- The welfare of the dolphins: Including diet, living space, environment, handling & care, training and reproduction.
- Education: Enlightening a diverse group of people about aquatic mammals, their environment, and their conservation
- Quality and security of interactive programs.
Throughout this audit, Dolphinaris presented the necessary criteria to prove to the Association that Dolphinaris’ practices comply with all of EEAM’s required standards and guidelines. After carefully reviewing all aspects of the audit, the EAAM determined that Dolphinaris Cancun had earned EEAM’s valuable accreditation, which few aquatic parks throughout the world are able to obtain.
It is a great honor to now have two dolphinariums certified by the EAAM: Dolphinaris Cancun and Dolphinaris Cozumel.
ABOUT THE EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR AQUATIC MAMMALS (EAAM)
Founded in 1972, the European Association for Aquatic Mammals (EAAM) is a non-profit organization that brings together zoological parks and individuals devoted to the conservation and welfare of aquatic mammals, both in human care and in the wild. EAAM’s zoological park members predominately are based in the European Union but also in Hong Kong, Mexico and the United States. Members include veterinarians, biologists, zoo directors, researchers, educators, trainers, and students. All EAAM members devote significant time and resources to marine mammals through daily care and training, medical care, public education, scientific research, rescue and rehabilitation and related activities.
EAAM members have long been leaders in the high quality care and conservation of aquatic mammals. In addition to complying with applicable laws, EAAM parks must operate In accordance with EAAM-approved best practices and professional standards.
These professional practices and standards typically exceed legal requirements and are reviewed continuously. A formal FARM accreditation process was instituted in 2010 and requires inspection of each park by qualified professionals to maintain its EAAM membership. Dolphinaris is the only dolphinarium in Mexico to receive the recognition from this association.