Creating the Future for
Dolphins in our Care
Through the creation of North America’s first dolphin sanctuary, the National Aquarium is introducing a new option for human care of dolphins. The sanctuary’s mission is to advance understanding and protection of cetaceans by offering a natural environment in which the colony of dolphins in our care will thrive.
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Creating the Future
for Dolphins in our Care
Through the creation of North America’s first dolphin sanctuary, the National Aquarium is introducing a new option for human care of dolphins. The sanctuary’s mission is to advance understanding and protection of cetaceans by offering a natural environment in which the colony of dolphins in our care will thrive.
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Mission

An unwavering commitment to the dolphins in our care

Care

The health and welfare of the dolphins is our enduring priority. Expert staff will provide a lifetime of customized individual care, ensuring that the needs of each dolphin are understood and met in a sanctuary setting.

Compassion

In addition to representing a place, the sanctuary is also defined by a set of principles and corresponding practices, ensuring that a “dolphin-first” approach is the guiding philosophy of the new facility.

Collaboration

Researchers will advance studies not feasible in either open-ocean or aquarium settings, expanding our understanding of wild dolphins and those in human care.

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The National Aquarium is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures.