Dolphin Discovery Group, which maintains 24 dolphinariums around the world including in Cayman, announced it has acquired Dolphin Cove Cayman as part of its expansion plans.
“We are really proud to add Dolphin Cove Cayman to our parks and dolphinariums, which will allow us to consolidate our service in one of the most beautiful and visited places in the Caribbean,” said Eduardo Albor, Dolphin Discovery president and CEO.
In November, Dolphin Discovery Group purchased a majority stake in Dolphin Cove Jamaica. Dolphin Cove Cayman founder Stafford Burrowes said, “Last month, we sold to Dolphin Discovery a majority stake of Dolphin Cove Jamaica and we decided to sell to this same company, Dolphin Cove Cayman, in order to consolidate this dolphinarium as part of the leading company in swimming with dolphins programs worldwide.”
As in Jamaica, where both companies previously managed competing marine parks, both Dolphin Discovery and Dolphin Cove will continue to operate in the Cayman Islands.
“Both parks will remain open,” confirmed Gene Thompson, who co-owns Dolphin Discovery Cayman with Dale Crighton and Dolphin Discovery Group.
Consolidation of the dolphinariums will affect all parts of the business, from general management and staffing to dolphin training.
Dolphin Cove Cayman opened in 2008 and has since attracted more than 300,000 visitors. In addition to the experience of swimming with its six dolphins, Dolphin Cove’s attractions include a “Nature Trail” featuring such birds as macaws, cockatoos and parakeets, as well as a visit to Stingray City available as a boat trip departing from the dock of the dolphinarium. Dolphin Cove has more than 40 employees.
“Dolphin Cove started operations in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, in 2001, and we started in Cayman in 2008 because we knew that this destination has a great touristic potential and that the dolphinarium would be a key attraction for their visitors,” Mr. Burrowes said.
Dolphin Discovery Group maintains 24 dolphinariums in Mexico, Anguilla, Tortola, Grand Cayman, Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts, USA, Italy and Jamaica.