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.
- Niagara This Week – Park renovations behind break with CAZA: Marineland
From a CNW Group press release seen on Yahoo! Canada Finance:
Yesterday Marineland welcomed the first regular surprise inspection by the new Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) zoo inspectors, as part of the new framework for monitoring of animal care developed with the Government of Ontario, the OSPCA and Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA-AZAC).
A three member zoo inspection team from the OSPCA were provided full access to all the animals cared for at Marineland and conducted a thorough and professional inspection.
Marineland is pleased to report that no issues of concern were identified and the inspection was successful. All of our animals are well taken care of and healthy.
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.
Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) has completed its report on conditions at Marineland following an unannounced inspection of our Niagara Falls Aquatic park on October 26
From Yahoo! Canada Finance:
Investigators concluded the following:
Marineland staff and management were open and co-operative.
All the water in the pools was clear and clean.
None of the animals in the water appeared to be experiencing discomfort.
Staff levels were sufficient to conduct the needed training, feeding and maintain cleanliness.
All of the animals held in the enclosures were inspected and appeared to be in good health with no signs of eye or skin problems.
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.
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:
- Canadian Press (via Canada.com) – CAZA finds no major issues at Marineland; former workers alleged animals at risk
- Niagara Falls Review – Conflicting reports for Marineland
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.
Apparently CAZA and the OSPCA have inspected Marineland. Here are some news reports:
- Niagara Falls Review – Marineland releases inspection findings
- Niagara This Week – Inspection reveals ‘no major issues’ at Marineland
- The Canadian Press (via Canada.com) – No major issues found in inspection, says Marineland
- Niagara This Week – City adopts wait-and-see approach