Cancun, Q.R. – Dolphin Discovery has announced its acquisition of Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach, Flordia.
The Cancun-based company says the deal was complete on October 9, but did not provide a value. Gulf World Marine Park attracts more than 150,000 visitors a year according to its CEO, Ron Hardy.
“After more than 30 years of running this amazing park, we are very happy to see Gulf World now become part of the Dolphin Discovery family,” Hardy said in a press release.
“The animal care and husbandry programs of dolphins have shown to be one of the most successful and responsible in the marine life industry and we feel very confident and proud that all our more than 30 marine mammals and our more than 70 birds and reptiles at Gulf World are now under the care of Dolphin Discovery.”
Once owner of a family park in Oahu, Hawaii, Dolphin Discovery expects more acquisitions as part of its expansion plans, the release said.
“We are very excited to be back in the USA with the purchase of Gulf World, one of the most amazing marine life parks in North America, and have plans to improve the facility and the swim with the dolphin activities offered at Gulf World, to give all guests visiting the Park the opportunity to live and learn from the Dolphin Discovery experience, like the almost 6,000,000 guests who have lived the experience in our parks in Mexico and the Caribbean,” said Eduardo Albor, CEO of Dolphin Discovery Group.
Dolphin Discovery is the largest dolphin Company in the world with 18 parks in 7 countries, including USA and Mexico and with more than 200 marine mammals under its care.