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    Marineland bows out of CAZA

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Marineland is voluntarily withdrawing its membership with the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) a month before its re-accreditation process.

    A statement released this week by the Niagara Falls park says “extensive work” to be done this summer in a previously undeveloped area will “materially impact” its re-accreditation.

    The process “will not accomplish the mutual goals of Marineland and CAZA at this time period.”

    When asked for clarification, CAZA spokeswoman Ashley McArthur Street suggested all follow-up questions be deferred to Marineland, and provided a link to a current list of accredited facilities.

    Marineland’s statement stressed the park “remains firmly committed to CAZA,” and is withdrawing its membership “to permit the expansion work to be completed and new operations harmonized with CAZA.”

    Details of the expansion were not provided.

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    Calgary Zoo animals find new home in Niagara

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Safari Niagara will be welcoming some unexpected guests this summer.

    Following June’s devastating floods in Calgary, the Alberta city’s zoo put out a call to registered members of Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums — a nonprofit organization promoting the welfare of animals — to help temporarily relocate 34 animals while the grounds are repaired.

    The Stevensville-based zoo answered quickly and said Monday they will be receiving five Goeldi’s monkeys, four Amazon parrots and two white-handed gibbons, one named Tunku who has lived at the Calgary Zoo for a few decades.

    Marineland agrees to external water-quality inspections

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    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:

    Marineland to remain on CAZA radar

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    From Niagara This Week:

    The Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums accreditation committee has stopped short of giving Marineland a clean bill of health.

    A report on findings from an inspection at the Niagara Falls theme park was released Wednesday afternoon. While inspectors who were at the Portage Road park found water quality and staffing to be adequate the day of the August 23 inspection, an inspection of water quality logs did find problems that CAZA wants addressed.

    “Detailed examination of water quality logs and animal health records as well as interviews with some ex-employees, however, raise questions about how effectively the water quality systems in the three pools (stadium, arena and sea lion) are working,” the report said.

    Marineland welcomes inspections

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Marineland is looking forward to inspections by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and The Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the park said in a statement Friday.

    “We welcome the pending on-site inspection by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums, of which we are a member,” the statement said. “We invite the public to visit Marineland to meet our animal family and learn more about the work we do here.”

    Rainforest Cafe threatens suit against animal advocates

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Canadian Niagara Hotels has threatened a local animal advocacy group with legal action if it doesn’t remove online postings claiming mistreatment of animals at the Rainforest Cafe.

    Last month, Marineland Animal Defense (MAD) posted on its website and Facebook page that an employee at the Clifton Hill theme restaurant said a number of fish had been removed from a 5,500-gallon aquarium after a crack had formed in a tank.

    According to MAD, a local group that advocates for the end of animal captivity at Marineland, several horse-eye jack fish died during the transfer process and a white-tip reef shark was being housed in a pool that is inadequate for the animal.

    The Niagara Falls Humane Society inspected the facility Jan. 3 and deemed the temporary housing met the standards of the Ontario Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act as well as the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

    “It’s not my intent to get into a debate with the principals of that association, but I wanted to be on record that we’re dealing with these animals very responsibly,” Doug Birrell, president of Canadian Niagara Hotels, said of the group’s claims.

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