Tag: aquariums

    Marlineland sea lion dies

    No Comments

    From Niagara This Week:

    Baker, a Marineland sea lion, has died, the park said in a news released posted on the park’s website.

    “We are all saddened to report the death of our old friend, Baker the sea lion on Monday, June 10, 2013. He died of natural causes,” the release said. “Today we are also celebrating his amazing life. You see, Baker may have been the world’s oldest sea lion. He turned 29 in early May. In the wild sea lions live to about 10 while in aquariums usually no more than 15. Baker almost doubled that number and that can be attributed to the wonderful care he has received through his many years at Marineland.”

    See also:

    Marineland owner John Holer trying to acquire another killer whale

    1 Comment

    From the Toronto Star:

    Marineland owner John Holer is trying to acquire another killer whale for his tourist park, according to the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

    Association director Bill Peters told the Star he believes Marineland had a another killer whale lined up to join lone Kiska, but it fell through.

    Now “they are following leads and looking for opportunities,” said Peters.

    Ontario government responds to Marineland allegations with crack down on animal abuse

    1 Comment

    From the Globe and Mail:

    The Ontario government says it plans to beef up regulations to protect animals kept in zoos and aquariums, including Marineland.

    Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur made the announcement in a statement this morning ahead of a noon news conference.

    She says the province will work with animal experts and other stakeholders to come up with standards for caring for captive animals.

    See also:

    Marineland agrees to external water-quality inspections

    No Comments

    From the Toronto Star:

    Marineland must “thoroughly update” its water quality protocols to ensure it has a healthy environment for marine mammals in the wake of a Star investigation.

    In an interim report Wednesday, the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums said studies of water quality logs and animal health records “raise questions” about how effectively the park’s water quality systems are working in three pools.

    The report said records revealed several instances in which water quality did not meet industry standards. Such lapses had an “impact on the wellbeing of the animals in the pools in question.”

    CAZA said it “expects to see a solution to maintain water quality in the long term,” and added that Marineland has agreed to an external evaluation of its water management system.

    You can also see other stories about the CAZA findings at Marineland at:

    Inspectors take only a day, give Marineland a clean bill of health

    No Comments

    From the Toronto Star:

    It took only a day for inspectors to give Marineland the thumbs-up in the wake of a Star investigation and public complaints about animal care at the Niagara Falls facility.

    In a recent Starseries, former trainers blamed chronic health issues among sea mammals, including the recent death of a baby beluga, on staffing shortages and sporadically poor water at the park.

    But as three inspectors from the Canadian Association of Zoo and Aquariums left Marineland a week later on Aug. 23, they told owner John Holer the health of marine mammals looked “very good” and the preventative medicine program was “comprehensive.”

    That same evening, Marineland put out an upbeat press release to say it had a clean bill of health.

    Marineland to go back under the microscope

    No Comments

    From 97.7 HTZ-FM:

    Marineland is getting a 2nd look from an industry watchdog.

    Inspectors with the Canadian Association of Zoos & Aquariums & the OSPCA will take a tour of the Niagara Falls amusement park.

    This comes after public allegations from ex-trainers that Marineland’s animals are being mistreated.

    CAZA’s National Director says if their team finds animals in trouble, the OSPCA will pull the animals out of the park & Marineland will be stripped of its CAZA membership.

    Ripley’s attractions within a half tank of gas of more than 50% of the U.S. population

    No Comments

    A couple of weeks ago I received the following press release from Ripley’s Entertainment…

    Driving to a Ripley’s Attraction is Within a Half Tank of Gas of 53% of the U.S. Population

    Company has Diverse Offering of Aquariums, Odditoriums, Miniature Golf, Wax Museums, Fun Zones, Haunted Adventures, Mirror Mazes, Motion-Based Theaters and MORE!

    ORLANDO, Fla. (April 25, 2011) – Summer travelers looking for some fun without having to go too far take note: 53% of the U.S. population is within a half tank of gas of one of the 45-plus Ripley family attractions in the United States

    Whether it’s oddities at the Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Orlando (Fla.) or Jackson Hole (Wyo.), a 12 foot shark at Ripley’s world-class aquariums in Gatlinburg (Tenn.) and Myrtle Beach (S.C.) or an action-packed movie at the 4D Moving Theater in San Antonio (Texas) or Williamsburg (Va.), there’s a Ripley family attraction for everyone – and you can get to one without having to break the bank or even stopping for gas along the way!

    The Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Branson, Mo., is shown above. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg is shown below.

    “We’re convenient, fun for the whole family and proud of the value that we offer our guests,” said Jim Pattison Jr., President of Ripley Entertainment. “The geographical diversity of our attractions puts us within an easy drive of more than half of America’s population.”

    Domestically, Ripley Entertainment Inc. offers 45-plus attractions in 13 states, as well as in Niagara Falls, Canada. Most of the attractions offer discounts and value added deals for online ticket purchase.

    Highlights for Summer 2011 include daily mermaid shows at Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach; the Weeki Wachee Mermaids at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Aug. 5-7; new Vampire room and exhibit at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Wisconsin Dells; a full size Hummer made out of 39,000 non-winning lottery tickets in the lobby of the newly renovated Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in San Francisco; state of the art technology at Ripley’s 4D Theaters in San Antonio and Gatlinburg; world famous Lizardman unveils a wax likeness of himself on June 24 at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square in New York City; the world’s largest ping pong paddle at the Guinness World Records Museum in San Antonio; and the annual Face-Off competition for the funniest (ugliest) face at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Atlantic City.

    %d bloggers like this: