Press Room

Statement May 22, 2022


Aquopolis Costa Daurada transfers its dolphins to a modern zoo in the interest of their well-being and conservation of their habitat


Aquopolis Costa Daurada has transferred the nine dolphins that lived in its facilities to Ocean Paradise, a new state-of-the-art zoo built and operated in Hainan, China in accordance with the highest professional standards. This move enables Aquopolis Costa Daurada to be aligned with the rest of the Aquopolis water parks, which focus exclusively on family entertainment, and at the same time to guarantee the best possible location for the animals in terms of animal welfare, education and the conservation programme.


Aquopolis has carried out the relocation of the dolphins in accordance with a recommendation by the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ dolphin management programme, to ensure the continuing well-being of the animals. The dolphins have arrived safely and are acclimatising well to their new home, which has been built in accordance with the most stringent international standards and guidelines.

Numerous professionals with extensive experience in animal care and transport have been involved in the development of a Transport Protocol in compliance with professional best practices, Spanish and EU law, and in keeping with the requirements imposed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the Live Animal Regulations (LAR) of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).  Members of the animal care team as well as transport specialists and veterinarians have accompanied the dolphins during the transfer. Also, the professionals who have ensured these dolphins’ well-being for years at Aquopolis Costa Daurada have travelled with them to Ocean Paradise to ensure their comfort and ongoing well-being.

The need to keep the group of dolphins together has been one of its priorities. The zoo in Hainan, owing to its large size and characteristics, allows this group to be kept together. In Ocean Paradise, the dolphins will continue to be part of important public education and awareness programmes and will be involved in scientific research in the best interest of species and habitat conservation. They will remain part of the European dolphin management programme with Ocean Paradise joining as a member of the programme, overseen by the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums.


Ocean Paradise, a modern zoo with the most stringent standards

Ocean Paradise is a newly constructed destination that includes a modern zoo equipped in accordance with the highest standards of scientific and technical knowledge, with the purpose of education and conservation. Ocean Paradise also meets the Standards and Guidelines of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and the requirements of the third-party certification programme for high quality zoos and aquariums known as Humane ConservationTM program run by American Humane.


To ensure the well-being of the dolphins, the facilities include six interconnected pools of varying dimensions, depths, shapes and sizes, including a medical pool. The pools are partially covered with a tensile strength membrane, giving the dolphins the option of sun or shade. In addition, a full veterinary hospital has been constructed within the 2000 square metre Blue Ocean Conservation & Rescue Centre, which also includes a quarantine area.  The veterinary hospital includes a medical treatment room, a room for surgery, a microbiology laboratory, a clinical pathology laboratory, and also laboratory facilities to support water quality management.


Besides that, the team in charge of the dolphins consists of highly qualified professionals with extensive experience in caring for these animals, including a team of professionals dedicated exclusively to the care of the dolphins, full-time veterinarians, analysts and water quality specialists.


About Aquopolis Costa Dorada

Aquopolis Costa Dorada is the water park in Vila-Seca, Tarragona, which combines exciting and refreshing water attractions, wave pool with beach areas and the best water entertainment for the youngest members of the family. Belonging to the Parques Reunidos Group, Aquopolis Costa Dorada has more than 20 fun attractions that together with the rest areas, swimming pool, beach, restaurants and snacks, make the water park the best summer plan on the Costa Dorada