marine mammals in captivity


Journey to Churchill exhibit disappointing

Commentary by Rob Laidlaw Originally posted October 20, 2014 During a recent visit to Winnipeg, Manitoba, I stopped in at the Assiniboine Park Zoo to have a look at their new Journey to Churchill exhibit. Reportedly constructed at a cost of $80 million, the exhibit complex is the first phase […]


Campaign pushes forward to give Yupik a new life

YUPIK THE MEXICAN POLAR BEAR NEEDS YOUR HELP – AGAIN! Yupik and her brother were orphaned in Alaska in 1992, reportedly after a hunter shot their mother. Yupik’s brother died at the Alaska Zoo, so Yupik was alone for the first time her life, and would remain that way for […]


Report challenges value of cetacean captivity

Media Release December 14, 2016 REPORT CHALLENGES CLAIMS THAT KEEPING WHALES AND DOLPHINS CAPTIVE IS JUSTIFIABLE The recent deaths of beluga whales Qila and Aurora have thrust the issue of captive display of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in Vancouver back into the spotlight. The Vancouver Humane Society and Zoocheck […]


An Alternative Future for Looking at Non-wild Wildlife

By Kathryn Sussman  (June 12, 2016)   Will alternative displays and virtual zoos begin to replace traditional zoos in the not too distant future? Rather than looking at caged animals in unnatural and, more often than not, inadequate conditions, there are now exciting and diverse alternatives to the traditional zoo […]


Ontario’s wishy-washy captive marine mammal regulations not worth the wait

The Ontario government received thousands of letters, including testimony from many world renowned experts, and a 115,000 person petition calling for substantive action to protect marine mammals in captivity in Ontario. The Government knew about the large, high profile, protests taking place outside of Marineland in Niagara Falls and the […]