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Delphinarium opening in Almaty celebrated with charity show for kids 26 мая 2015, 22:14

A new delphinarium has opened in Almaty.
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Opening of an international dolphinarium in Almaty was attended by about 700 children as part of a charity show project, Tengrinews reports.

The new dolphinarium in Almaty is located near the railway station "Almaty-1." But soon the project's organizers are planning to move it to the Central Park of Culture and Recreation also known as Gorkiy Park.

In June 2014, Mayor of Almaty Akhmetzhan Yesimov approved the preliminary design of the dolphinarium in the Park. The area of the facility will be around 1,000 square meters and will have 750 seats.

“It will be a dedicated, year-round, large and beautiful facility that meets all the standards of animal management. We will move there in six months. Now, the construction work is underway. (...) We hired highly qualified specialists, and are installing modern equipment. The water is cleaner than in the sea, and the solution is ideal for the animals," said Vitaly Staragin, Director of marketing and PR of Nemo international dolphinarium network.

The new dolphinarium in Almaty is home to six marine animals: pacific bottlenose dolphin named Nicole, two Black Sea bottlenose dolphins - Kate and Yumi, two South American fur seals Anfisa and Vasilisa and a sea lion named Zlata. All the animals were brought to Almaty from Odessa, where the headquarters and the company's training center are located.

"When we move into the stationary pavillion, we also want to bring a dolphin white whale. From time to time we will be bringing new animals and it will be a surprise for our guests," Staragin said.

According to him, the dolphinarium in Almaty has educational opportunities in addition to entertainment. Teenagers will be presented with scientific shows, focusing on the life of marine animals. Another important area of work of the new facility will include wellness programs - dolphin therapies for the treatment of autistic children and children with cerebral palsy.

By Dinara Urazova

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