Atlantis has been granted accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. To be accredited, Atlantis underwent thorough investigation to ensure it has and will continue to meet various standards, including animal care, veterinary programmes, conservation, education and safety.
Only the very best zoos and aquariums can meet tough Association of Zoos and Aquariums accreditation standards,” AZA president and CEO Jim Maddy said.
AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete the rigorous accreditation process in order to be members of the association. They are required to re-submit to this process every five years.
“The leadership and staff of Atlantis are to be congratulated for the hard work and commitment that they put into the accreditation process,” Mr. Maddy said.
Chief marine office at Kerzner International, Frank Murru, said that Atlantis is thrilled that the resort’s aquarium and marine mammal staff, its facilities and habitats have been recognized “by such a prestigious association as the AZA”.
“We take pride in the dedicated care we provide for our marine mammals and over 50,000 marine animals of 250 species and in the education programmes we share with our millions of guests to help them understand these unique creatures. It is exciting to have this recognized publicly with the receipt of this prestigious accreditation,” he said.
Atlantis is currently home of the world’s largest open air marine habitat and Dolphin Cay a new dolphin interaction and education centre.
Dolphin Cay is also the new residence of the 16 Katrina Dolphins, some of whom were swept into the sea during the Hurricane Katrina from their previous habitat at the Marine Life Oceanarium in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Source: The Tribune