Captivity 2017

December 2017

3 Giraffes Pregnant at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans (, 12/29/17).

Bronx Zoo Euthanizes Tundra, 26, NYC’s Only Captive Polar Bear (New York City Patch, 12/28/17).

Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo Euthanizes Aussie, 32, Oldest Captive Male Polar Bear in U.S. — See Photos (CBS Chicago, 12/22/17).

L.A. Zoo Euthanizes 7 Ibex Goats to Protect Other Hooved Animals from Herpes Virus (Tech Times, 12/22/17).

Florida  Activists Want State Law Banning Orca Breeding after SeaWorld Violates Anti-Breeding Promise (Tampa Bay Times, 12/19/17).

2 Young Walruses Go on Display at SeaWorld Orlando — See Photos & Video (Orlando Sentinel, 12/13/17).

SeaWorld San Diego Finds New Ways to Exploit Orcas — See Video (ABC 10 News, 12/12/17).

Another Bottlenose Dolphin Born into Captivity at Miami Seaquarium — See Photo (CBS Miami, 12/7/17).

PETA Asks Panel to Send “Free Lolita” Case to Trial — See Photo (Daily Business Review, 12/7/17).

November 2017

Court Says Investor Class Action Suit against SeaWorld Can Go Forward — See News Report (Orlando Sentinel, 11/30/17).

39-Year-Old Walrus, Bruiser, Dies at SeaWorld Orlando (Orlando Sentinel, 11/29/17).

Free Lolita — Yes or No? See Photos & Video (Miami Herald, 11/20/17).

Stranded Baby Cook Inlet Beluga Goes to Alaska SeaLife Center — See Photos (New Haven Register, 11/17/17).

Loro Parque Loses Defamation Suit against PETA, Judge Rules Revelations Are Truthful — See Photos & Video (One Green Planet, 11/16/17).

9-Year-Old Captive-Born Beluga Qinu Gives Birth to Stillborn Calf at Georgia Aquarium (, 11/8/17). Read more, see more photos here.

2 Dolphins Die at Miami Seaquarium Post Hurricane Irma (Miami New Times, 11/7/17).

Stranded Melon-Headed Whale in Critical Condition at SeaWorld Orlando — See Video (WFLA News Channel 8, 11/3/17). See more video here.

Court Bans 3 PETA Protesters from Returning to SeaWorld SanDiego (NBC 7 San Diego, 11/2/17).

Brookfield Zoo Euthanizes 27-Year-Old Giraffe, Mithra — See Photo (Chicago Tribune, 11/2/17).

October 2017

PETA Suit to Move Lolita from Miami Seaquarium to Sea Pen Will Be Heard on 12/6 —  See Photos (Miami New Times, 10/30/17).

Cincinnati Zoo Gets New Adult Gorilla Year after Shooting Harambe — See Photos (One Green Planet, 10/25/17).

Miami Commission Unanimously Endorses Moving Lolita from Seaquarium to Sanctuary — See Photos & Video (Miami Herald, 10/24/17). Read more, see more photos here.

Singer Noah Cyrus Submerges in Small Tank for PETA’s Anti-SeaWorld Campaign — See Photo & Video (Billboard, 10/24/17).

SeaWorld Orlando Sends 3 Rescued Manatees to Cincinnati Zoo, 1 to Columbus OH Zoo/Aquarium for Rehab — See Photo (U.S. News & World Report, 10/21/17).

Captive Beluga Moved in with Dolphins Swaps Beluga Vocalizations for Dolphins — See Photo (Discover Magazine, 10/20/17).

SeaWorld Cuts 350 Jobs (CNN Money, 10/18/17).

Miami Beach Mayor Urges Commission to Support Moving Lolita from Seaquarium to Sanctuary — See Photo (Politico, 10/13/17).

Study: 100% of Captive Orcas Have Damaged Teeth that Cause Pain, Lead to Health Complications — See Photo (Newshub, 10/12/17). Read more here and here.

Owner of Legoland California Interested in Buying SeaWorld (The San Diego Union-Tribune, 10/5/17).

July 2017

Tamara with baby Kyara, SeaWorld San Antonio, undated / SeaWorld Cares / Click for more.

3 Month-Old Kyara, Last Orca to be Born at SeaWorld, Dies in San Antonio — See Photo & Video (USA Today, 7/25/17). Read more, see more photos and video here, here and here.

Babe Actor James Cromwell Arrested with Others in PETA Protest at SeaWorld San Diego — See Photo & Video (People, 7/24/17). Read more here.

Snooty, South Florida Museum, undated / Click for more.

Snooty, Oldest Captive Manatee, Dies from Human Negligence in South Florida Museum at Age 69 (New York City Patch, 7/24/17). Read more, see video and more photos here and here.

SeaWorld Orlando Lets People Get “Up Close” to Orcas for $80+ Per Person — See Photos (, 7/11/17).

Unidentified beluga mother and calf / M. Spencer Green, AP, Orlando Sentinel / Click for more.

Beluga Calf Dies Moments after Birth at SeaWorld Orlando (Orlando Sentinel, 7/8/17). Read more, see photos hereherehere and here. See video of pregnant mother Whisper here.

49-Year-Old Western Lowland Gorilla Gets Knee Surgery at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo — See Photos (WTTW, 7/3/17). Read more, see more photos and news report here.

June 2017

SeaWorld Shares Plummet on News of DOJ, SEC Subpoenas (CNBC, 6/26/17). Read more here,  here and here.

Water-Loving Lowland Gorilla Does Astonishing Dance in Dallas Zoo Wading — See Video (NPR, 6/23/17). Read more here.

Captive Asian Elephant Mom, Older Female Rush to Help Calf Out of Shallow Pool in South Korea — See Video (National Geographic, 6/22/17).

New Documentary Inside the Tanks Does for Marineland Antibes what Blackfish Did for SeaWorld — See Photos (One Green Planet, 6/19/17). See the 34-minute documentary here.

Polar Bear Cub Takes First Steps at Australia Theme Park — See Photos & Video (Daily Mail, 6/18/17).

SeaWorld Shareholders Vote to Remove Current Chair (CNBC, 6/15/17).

Baby Lowland Gorilla Delivered by C-Section at Philadelphia Zoo — See Photos & Video (The Atlantic, 6/14/17).

Iceland Approves Import of Captive Belugas from Shanghai (The Reykjavík Grapevine, 6/14/17).

May 2017

Zookeeper Mauled to Death by Tiger in “Freak Accident” at England Wildlife Park — See Photos (BBC News, 5/29/17). See photos and news report here. See more photos and videos here.

Researchers Give Captive Dolphins  Touchscreen, Keyboard at National Aquarium, Watch One Play Video Game — See Video (ScienceBlog, 5/25/17). Read more here.

SeaWorld Releases Rehabbed Loggerhead on World Turtle Day — See Photos (Orlando Weekly, 5/23/17).

Baby Commerson’s Dies Moments After Birth at SeaWorld Aquatica (Orlando Sentinel, 5/22/17).

Vancouver Bans Keeping Dolphins, Whales in Captivity (The Globe and Mail, 5/16/17). Read more, see photos and videos here and here.

Judge Rules in Favor of Man Suing SeaWorld Over Auto-Renewal Practice (Orlando Sentinel, 5/14/17).

Vancouver Aquarium Opposes Proposed Ban on Captive Dolphins & Whales (The Globe and Mail, 5/14/17).

Commerson’s Dolphin on Birth Control about to Give Birth at SeaWorld Aquatica — See Photos & Video (Orlando Sentinel, 5/10/17).

One of Twin Cubs Born to Captive Polar Bear Mom Dies in Australia — See Video (The Courier Mail, 5/8/17).

France Bans Captive Breeding of Dolphins & Whales — See Photo (Phys.Org, 5/6/17). Read more here. See more photos here.

Denied Relocation Permit, Sanctuary Owners Euthanize Animals: 3 Lions, 3 Tigers, 5 Bears (The Washington Post, 5/4/17).

Captive Polar Bear Gives Birth to Twins At SeaWorld in Queensland, Australia — See Video (ABC 7 News, 5/2/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Navy Ships Captive Dolphins from San Diego to Key West to Do Bomb-Detection Training in Different Underwater Landscape — See Photo (Navy Times, 5/2/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

NY Animal Park Picks Name for New Baby Giraffe — Tajiri, Swahili for Hope — See Photos & Video (ABC 7 News, 5/1/17).

April 2017

Captive Orca Takara and new calf, SeaWorld San Antonio, April 19, 2017 / SeaWorld, AP, USA Today / Click for more.

Sea Lion Pup Dies at SeaWorld San Diego Days after Premature Birth to Ill, Rescued Mom — See Photos & Video (Daily Mail, 4/30/17).

SeaWorld Orlando’s Captive Orcas Now Share Tank with Pilot Whales — See Photos & Videos (Orlando Sentinel, 4/28/17).

Swedish Researchers to Use A.I. Tech to Try to Translate Captive Dolphin Communication (Bloomberg, 4/26/17). Read more here.

Ric O’Barry to Rehab/Release of 2 Long-Captive Dolphins in South Korea — See Photos (One Green Planet, 4/24/17). Read more here.

Report: Vancouver Aquarium’s Mother-Daughter Belugas Died from Unidentified Toxin — See Photos & Videos (global, 4/20/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Another Baby Orca Born into Captivity at SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld Parks Promises No More — See Photo & Video (USA Today, 4/20/17). Read more, see more photos and video here, here, here, here and here.

Captive-Born White-Sided Makes it to 1st Birthday, Gets Checkup at Shedd — See Video (WTTW, 4/18/17).

SeaWorld San Diego Polar Bear Dies Suddenly after 20-Year Companion Shipped to Pittsburg  to Breed — See Photo & Video Report (The San Diego Union-Tribune, 4/18/17). Read more, see more photos and video here, here and here.

• April the Giraffe Finally Has Her Baby at New York Animal Park — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/15/17). Read more, see more photos and video here. Watch live giraffe cam here.

SeaWorld Orlando Releases Largest Loggerhead Turtle Ever Rehabbed after 8 Months — See Photos (ABC 7, 4/13/17).

Bear and Lion, Last Residents of Destroyed Mosul Zoo, Transported to Jordan — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/12/17).

Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel Gets Flak for Taking Daughter to Swim with Captive Dolphins in Bahamas — See Photo (April, 4/10/17). Read more here.

SEC Says SeaWorld Can Ignore PETA’s Legit Bid to Force Shareholder Vote on Retiring Captive Orcas (Orlando Sentinel, 4/7/17).

Other Captive Giraffes Give Birth as Internet Star April Keeps Watchers Waiting — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 4/7/17). Read more, see more video here.

March 2017

Captive belugas Qila (foreground) and mother Aurora (background), both now deceased, Vancouver Aquarium, January 2015 / Daryl Dyck, Canadian Press, CBC News / click for more.

Baby Product Company Pledges $1 Million to Help Build Sanctuary for Captive Orcas  — See Photos & Video (People, 3/30/17).

500 Expected at 4/11 March to Miami Seaquarium to Free Lolita (Miami New Times, 3/28/17).

Chimelong Group Becoming the SeaWorld of China — See Photos & News Report (USA Today, 3/26/17).

Blackstone Sells All its SeaWorld Shares to Chinese Company — See News Report (Orlando Sentinel, 3/24/17). Read more, see more photos and news reports here, here, here.

Orca Shows On Rise in China, Fed by Russian Captures — See Photos, Maps, Charts & Video (Hakai, 3/21/17).

Photographer Captures Bizarre Reality of Life in Captivity for Polar Bears — See Images (Wired, 3/21/17).

Captive Endangered Green Sea Turtle Dies in Thailand after Surgery to Remove 915 Swallowed Coins (The Huffington Post, 3/21/17). Read more, see photos and video report here and here.

Vancouver Aquarium Claims Anti-Captivity Documentary Uses Copyrighted Materials (Vancouver Sun, 3/21/17).

Actor/Performer Alan Cumming Writes Letter to Miami Seaquarium Seeking Release for Long-Captive Orca Lolita (Advocate, 3/20/17).

SeaWorld San Diego Introduces Interim, Nonperforming Orca Show as State Rep Reintroduces Bill to Help End Captivity — See Photo & News Report (NBC San Diego, 4/18/17). Read more, see another news report here.

SeaWorld Orlando Releases Manatee Blanche after 3 Years of Rehab — See Photos & Video (Space Coast Daily, 3/11/17).

Park Board Votes Unanimously to Ban Dolphin, Whale Captivity at Vancouver Aquarium — See Photos & Video (Vancouver Courier, 3/9/17). Read more, see more photos and video here, here, here, here and here. Read the Park Board’s Report here.

Dolphin Park Operator Wants to Open Captive Facility on Unspoiled Island in St. Lucia (One Green Planet, 4/9/17).

SeaWorld San Antonio Unsure Which Male Orca Sired Takara’s Calf, Due in Few Weeks — See Photos & Video Report (My San Antonio, 3/8/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Public  Meeting Will Decide How to Handle Vancouver Aquarium’s Desire to Replace Dead Belugas — See Photos (CBC News, 3/8/17). Read more, see more photos and video reports here, here and here.

PETA Buys Stock in Miami Seaquarium to Push for Release of Long Captive Orca Lolita — See News Report (NBC Miami, 3/7/17).

Thousands Ask SeaWorld San Diego Not to Separate 2 Polar Bears in Shared Captivity for 20 Years to Send One to Pittsburg to Breed — See Photos (NBC San Diego, 3/6/17).

SeaWorld Orlando’s New Dolphin Show Claims to Be Less Circusy — See Photos (Orlando Sentinel, 3/2/17). Read more about changes at SeaWorld Orlando here.

Whale Sanctuary Project Pursues Dream of Moving Captive Orcas to Sea Pens — See Photos (Hakai, 3/2/17).

February 2017

Bottlenose dolphin Nani, National Aquarium, undated / The Baltimore Sun / Click for more.

44-Year-Old Captive Bottlenose Nani Dies Suddenly at National Aquarium — See News Report (CBS Baltimore, 2/28/17). Read more, see photo here.

650 Captive Orcas Not Enough, China Opens Orca Breeding Center — See Video (Quartz, 2/27/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Opinion: Keeping Dolphins at Georgia Aquarium Isn’t Educational, It’s Cruel (Bryan County News, 4/25/17).

Documentary about Cruelty of Wild Beluga Capture Opens Moscow Film Festival (SATPRNews, 2/24/17). Read more here.

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi to Open in 2022 (InPark Magazine, 2/24/17). Read more here.

Orphaned Manatee Mudpie Released Back into Wild (7 News Miami, 2/22/17).

SeaWorld San Antonio’s Takara to Give Birth to Last Captive-Bred Orca in SeaWorld’s U.S. Parks — See Photo (Los Angeles Times, 2/23/17).

Virgin Holidays Pledges Not to Promote/Book Destinations Featuring Captive Dolphins, Whales (Travel Weekly, 2/22/17).

Vancouver Aquarium Promises to Phase Out Captive Belugas… Eventually (Vancouver Sun, 2/21/17). Read more, see videos here.

PETA Tries, Again, to Force SeaWorld Stockholder Vote on Moving Orcas to Sanctuaries (Orlando Sentinel, 2/17/17).

Zoos Shuffle Another Polar Bear for Breeding, Just as They Do with Dolphins — See Photos (ABC7 Chicago, 2/14/17).

Opinion: SeaWorld’s New Orca Show Still a Trained Performance Mimicking Behavior in Wild (Jezebel, 2/16/17).

Albino Dolphin Lives in Miserable Conditions with Other Captives in Taiji — See Photos & Video (The Dodo, 2/15/17).

Animal Welfare Advocates Want SeaWorld to Release Full Report on Tilikum’s Death — See News Reports (Orlando Sentinel, 2/13/17). Read more, see more video here.

Protesters Disrupt Captive Dolphin Show at Australia’s Sea World Gold Coast — See Video (The Courier Mail, 2/11/17).

Hawaii’s Sea Life Park Keeps False Killer Whale Kina in Cruel Confinement— See Photos & Video — See Photos & Video (The Dodo, 2/10/17).

TV/Film/Broadway Star Alan Cumming Asks Owners of Miami Seaquarium to Let Lolita Go (, 2/8/17).

SeaWorld: Tilikum Died of Bacterial Pneumonia (People, 2/3/17). Read more, see more photos here.

Wild-Caught Bottlenose Dolphin Lily, Suffering Oral Cancer, Euthanized at SeaWorld Orlando at age 35 — See Photo & Video (Orlando Sentinel, 2/3/17). Read more here.

SeaWorld San Diego to Ship Female Polar Bear to Pittsburgh Zoo for Breeding — See Video Report (San Diego Union-Tribune, 2/2/17). Read more, see more video here.

Orphaned Twin Manatees Consigned to Life in Tank at Ohio Zoo — See Photos & Videos (People, 2/2/17).

Federal Judge Allows Amended Consumer Suit Against SeaWorld to Go Forward (TheStreet, 2/1/17).

January 2017

Tilikum, SeaWorld Orlando, 2010 / Phelan B. Ebenhack, AP, The New York Times / Click for more.

• Dolphins Still Being Slaughtered, Babies Taken for Captive Trade in Taiji — See Photos & Video (The Dodo, 1/27/17).

SeaWorld San Antonio Proud that 5-Month-Old Captive-Born Beluga is Still Alive — See Photos & Video (, 1/24/17).

Vancouver Park Board May Ask Public’s Opinion on Keeping Marine Mammals in Captivity — See Photo(Vancouver Courier, 1/19/17). Read more, see more photos here.

Actress Kate del Castillo Joins PETA’s Call for Miami Seaquarium to Free Lolita — See News Report (NBC Miami, 1/17/17). Read more here.

Manatee Stuck in Storm Pipe, Rehabbed at SeaWorld Orlando, Returned to Wild — See Photo & Video (, 1/10/17).

R.I.P. Tilikum: SeaWorld Orlando’s Infamous Orca, Captured Off Iceland, Dies of Lung Infection at Age 36 — See Photos & Video (Orlando Sentinel, 1/6/17). Read more, see more photos and video here,  here, herehere and here.

Professor Suggests Ways Humans Can “Enrich” Captive Life for Orcas, Feel Less Bad about Keeping Them in Tanks (Science Daily, 1/5/17). Read full paper here.

Captive Taiji Dolphins Escape through Slash in Ocean-Pen Net, 3 of 4 Recovered, Perpetrator Unknown — See Photos (BBC News, 1/5/17). Read more here. See more photos and video here.

Navy Dolphins to Track Last Remaining Vaquitas in Controversial Plan to Enclose, Protect Them — See Photos (Quartz, 1/4/17). Read more, see more photos here and here.

SeaWorld San Diego’s to End Performing Orca Shows on Sunday 1/8 (NBC 7 San Diego, 1/3/17). Read more here. See news report here.