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All animals, including those cared for in our zoos, aquariums and conservation parks, are entitled to humane treatment.

— Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane.

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, April 23, 2022 / — American Humane, the nation’s first national animal welfare organization and the world’s largest certification body for animal welfare practices , today announced that Dolphin Connection has achieved the American Humane Certified™ seal, demonstrating the exceptional welfare and treatment provided to the animals in its care. The facility has passed rigorous, expert third-party audits to join a growing number of leading zoological institutions that have earned the American Humane Certified™ designation.
“All animals, including those cared for in our zoos, aquariums and conservation parks, have the right to humane treatment,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “The Humane Certified seal of approval assures zoo and aquarium visitors that the facility meets the highest standards of animal care. Animals enrich our planet and our lives, and humanity has a moral obligation to treat them with the respect they deserve. We congratulate Dolphin Connection on this great achievement”.

The Humane Conservation™ program is the first certification effort solely dedicated to helping verify the welfare and demonstrably humane treatment of animals living in zoos, aquariums and conservation centers around the world. The program applies rigorous, scientific and comprehensive criteria for animal welfare, developed by an independent scientific advisory board composed of world-renowned leaders in the fields of animal science, animal behavior and animal ethics. The standards provide verification of good practice in deserving zoos and aquariums, and assurance to visitors that the institution they are visiting is worthy of their support.

American Humane’s certification process comprehensively verifies the many dimensions of animal welfare, with areas of assessment including: excellent health and housing; positive social interactions within groups of animals, as well as between animals and handlers; safe and nurturing environments taking into account factors such as appropriate lighting, sound levels, air quality and thermoregulation; and, evidence of thorough preparation and established protocols to prevent and manage medical or operational emergencies.

“Above the fog of the pandemic lies a great future shining brightly and at Dolphin Connection, we are thrilled to embark on the responsibility and honor of becoming American Humane Certified™. The care and well- being the wonderful dolphins we care for is our number one priority,” said Travis Burke, Executive Director of The Dolphin Company North America. “The certification is a testament to the selfless dedication and hard work of our specialists, educators, veterinarians, team of support and our Managing Director as they strive to educate our customers every day and share the wonders of the marine world. Becoming American Humane Certified™ reflects the commitment we have throughout our organization to ensuring that the animals in our care receive the best possible care and welfare. This certification is an essential cornerstone in supporting our strategic vision as a conservation-based aquarium dedicated to protecting species from extinction, educating the public, and exemplifying the highest levels of care and of animal welfare. Being certified cruelty-free is a testament to the hard work, dedication and compassion of our healthcare professionals.”

Dolphin Connection, owned by The Dolphin Company, offers guests the opportunity to have direct contact with marine mammals, raise awareness and encourage positive change on behalf of the environment, oceans and marine life. Located at Hawks Cay Resort in the heart of the Florida Keys, Dolphin Connection offers resort guests and other guests the opportunity to live out their dreams of encountering dolphins in the water or on the dry docks. Through education and interaction, the facility can inspire a new generation to care about dolphin and marine mammal conservation.

Learn more about Humane Conservation™ at

About Dolphin Connection:
Dolphin Connection opened its doors in 1990, with a deep sense of care and love for dolphins. By offering guests the opportunity to have direct contact with marine mammals, Dolphin Connection strives to inspire awareness and positive change on behalf of the environment, oceans and marine life. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

About American Humane:
American Humane is the nation’s premier national humanitarian organization. Founded in 1877, American Humane is committed to the safety, welfare, and welfare of animals, and our leadership programs are the first to serve to promote and nurture animal-human bonds. For more information or to support our work, please visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Dolphin Company:
For more than 27 years, The Dolphin Company, Latin America’s largest park operator, has been providing “the experience of a lifetime” to more than 16 million visitors at its 32 parks, dolphin habitats and marinas across the world. Present in Mexico, the Caribbean, the United States of America, Argentina and Italy, The Dolphin Company offers exciting activities that provide unique and memorable experiences, while educating its visitors on the importance of well-being. animal and the preservation and care of the environment. For more information visit

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