Study and rethink the role of a marine zoo in conservation

Marineland, Biot



  • Marineland



Isabelle Brasseur, Marineland



Founded in 1970 by Roland de La Poype, spread over 26 hectares, it consists of a marine zoo including a dolphinarium and several aquariums. It is a permanent member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and participates in and coordinates a number of European Endangered Species Programs (EEP). With 850,000 visitors a year, it is the most visited tourist site in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region and one of the five most visited in France and the most visited private zoo. Marineland is responsible for the reproduction of the park's species: orcas, bottlenose dolphins, man-made fur seals, California sea lions, gray sharks, Humboldt penguins, rockhopper penguins, corals, and king penguins for some in the framework of European programs for threatened species (EEP). Many of these species are subjects of scientific study, allowing to feed the data on the animal world, to improve the conditions of management of the animals in the parks, or to apply the knowledge obtained in the field of the conservation in natural environment. However since 2010, it is more and more criticized by the opponents to the captivity of the cetaceans, who consider that the dolphinariums do not make it possible to ensure living conditions satisfying the needs peculiar to these species.



Study and rethink the role of a zoo in conservation, develop scientific and pedagogical tools, and depending on the background of the students involved: participate in the communication on the park conservation programs and conduct an in situ study concern the ecology and ethology of wild cetacean populations.


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