Dolphin Connection


At Dolphin Connection, conservation of natural resources, especially those of the beautiful Florida Keys, is the most important mission we can imagine. By providing an opportunity for guests to have direct contact with marine mammals, we strive to inspire awareness and positive change on behalf of them and our environment. The essential educational components of our dolphin interactive programs are intended to engage the public and increase concern for the overall health and protection of marine habitats.

Animal Care Pledge

Dolphin Connection pledges to provide the highest quality of care for our dolphins.  Their health and welfare are our primary concern. For this reason we employ a loving animal care team, provide the highest quality food, and practice the latest in preventative medicine to ensure our dolphins are living happy and healthy lives. By providing the best pre- and post-natal care available, Dolphin Connection has had the joy and privilege of raising nine successful dolphin calves in our natural saltwater lagoon. We are a founding member of the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Breeding Consortium which works together with like-minded zoos and aquariums to maximize our breeding potential, eliminating the need to collect from the wild. You can be certain, Dolphin Connection has not and does not ever collect dolphins from the wild. In more recent years, we have dedicated ourselves to the care of older dolphins, who are enjoying their retirement years in our lagoon and outliving their wild counterparts. We truly care about the conservation of wild dolphins, and the oceans they call home, which remains the subject of our long-term research, development and philanthropic focus.  We are honored that our peers have recognized our efforts, bestowing us with numerous international awards for our continued advancements in animal welfare, research, breeding, husbandry, and education.  We are equally honored to be accredited by multiple zoo and aquarium organizations.  We pledge to continue to pursue this level of excellence because it is not only ethical, but essential, for the welfare of our dolphin family.

Guest Promise

At Dolphin Connection we believe that experiential learning, meeting a dolphin face-to-face, encourages and motivates our guests to make a difference on behalf of our planet. We make a pledge to every guest who joins us in meeting dolphins, that their fascination with these beautiful marine mammals will grow to a realization that they can make a difference in the conservation of the marine environment.

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