Captive Care: General Information



CETACEANS CAPTIVE SURVIVORSHIP: Dying to entertain? Do dolphins die young in captivity as claimed by many of those opposed to aquariums and zoos?
CETACEAN INTELLIGENCE: How smart are dolphins and whales? What does research reveal about these animals.
DOLPHIN SONAR: One myth that seems not to want to go away is that of dolphins not being able to use their sonar whilst in captive care. anti-captive activists and groups continue to perpetuate this myths despite their being no actual scientific evidence to support this contention.
DOLPHIN SUICIDE: Do dolphin commit suicide in captivity? A essay of the probable origin of yet another myth.
DOLPHIN TRAINING: Do dolphins have to be abused to make them perform? A review of the history and an explanation of the techniques used in the science of animal training. 
SPECIAL ISSUE SURVEY OF CETACEANS IN CAPTIVE CARE. An overview of the care of cetaceans published by Aquatic Mammals Journal in 2005
Standardized Information on Bottlenose Dolphins from the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. Note: Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus truncatus) in human care in the USA and mainland Europe primarily originate from coastal (inshore) animals from western North Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico stocks. Due to potential variations in the life history and environment of stocks from different areas of the world, information and studies in this document pertain only to bottlenose dolphins in those regions.

THE COVE AND ANIMALS ACQUIRED FOR DOLPHINARIA. A two part commentary on the inaccurate statements made by Richard O'Barry and others regarding the Japanese drive fishery and captive cetaceans.


An excerpt from the 1991 BBC Nature series Must The Show Go On which focused on dolphin keeping in zoos and aquaria.
Here Dr Margaret Klinowska comments on some of her findings. The full report can be found here:


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