2018 Animal Welfare Workshop



EAAM has the pleasure to announce that 2018 will be the moment to get all together at Zoomarine Rome (Italy) to participate of a workshop on ANIMAL WELFARE. This time we move from Germany to Italy to share information and experiences on the topic. Do not miss the opportunity!!

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Italy!



46th EAAM Annual Symposium

EAAM has the pleasure to announce that the 46th EAAM Annual Symposium will be hosted by ZOOMARINE ROME (Italy) from March 13th until March 16th 2018. Besides, there will be a WELFARE WORKSHOP, continuation of that organized in Germany back in May 2016, that will take place on March 12th.


We invite you all to participate and join us in these unique opportunities to share and learn with the community all the new discoveries regarding marine mammals.

For more information, visit the official website of the conference following this link:

46th EAAM Annual Symposium – Zoomarine Rome (Italy)



Are you a student?

As an association EAAM is seeking to encourage student participation on its Annual Symposium by providing 6 Student Grants that include the Symposium fees and 150€ for accomodation. Check all the details HERE.

Loro Parque’s Press Release




Loro Parque’s Press Release

Our love for the animals and the concern for their future and well-being require that we are very cautious about giving out opinions. Even so, with respect to the press release issued by SeaWorld on 17th March 2016, Loro Parque declares the following:

1) Since the orcas are not the property of Loro Parque, we have to respect the decision made by SeaWorld.

2) Presently, both the Spanish Administration and European Community Administration require that a zoological park presents a breeding plan as one of the mandatory components for the introduction of any species into a zoological park, considering reproduction as an inherent right of all the animals. Therefore, it is one of the principal functions and obligations of the zoological park to ensure that the right to reproduction is respected and well-being is properly ensured.

3) Taking that into consideration, we understand that permanent prevention of the reproduction of wild animals under human care is an action that goes against the very cycle of life and well-being of the animals.
4) At the same time, we would like to emphasize that the objective of our presentation of the animals has, for a long time, been profoundly educative, and from now on, we will be incorporating the changes following the guidelines that SeaWorld will be establishing in the United States.

5) Loro Parque will never adopt any decision that would contradict the principles of well-being or jeopardize the conditions in which the group of orcas finds themselves in its facilities. Any decision will always be implemented in full compliance with the European Community legislation and with the knowledge and concurrence from the competent authorities.

We will continue with our commitment to education, research and conservation, as it is the obligation of a modern zoo.


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AMMPA Statement on SeaWorld Decision To End Its Killer Whale Program


March 17, 2016

CONTACT: Bridget Stratton, PCI (312) 558-1770

AMMPA Statement on SeaWorld Decision To End Its Killer Whale Program

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Alliance for Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA) member SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment today announced the killer whales in its care will be the last generation of orcas at SeaWorld, and the company will end all orca breeding as of today. Kathleen Dezio, AMMPA President & CEO issued the following statement about the announcement:

“We respect SeaWorld’s right to make the business decisions it believes are in its best interests, and we understand the circumstances that must have factored into this difficult decision. For more than two-and-a-half years, SeaWorld has been savagely attacked with misinformation and lies promulgated in the deceitful film Blackfish, and by its animal rights supporters through coordinated social media attacks, protests, petitions and other tactics. No company, no matter how great, could withstand such a withering, prolonged and well-funded assault without sustaining damage to its reputation and bottom line. However, when such pressure campaigns succeed, they can have very serious and unfortunate consequences.

This decision means that in 30 or 40 years, after the last of SeaWorld’s orcas have passed away, future generations of American children will no longer be able to see and experience the awe-inspiring physicality and intelligence of these apex predators up close and be inspired to help conserve them in the wild. Much of the significant scientific research SeaWorld has conducted over the years that has taught us most of what we know today about orcas and cannot be done in the wild will come to an end, and the cutting edge technology and veterinary knowledge of whales SeaWorld now maintains and employs in its rescue and rehabilitation work with wild cetaceans will also be impaired.

The organizations behind the assault on SeaWorld, calling on it to end its public display of killer whales, are not just opposed to killer whales in human care. They are part of an animal rights movement that does not believe there should be any animals at all in human care for any reason—not in zoos and aquariums, not as service animals, not in sports, movies or the circus, and not even as pets. For this reason, it is unlikely their pressure campaigns will end after this decision. Instead, they will step up their assaults on other species of animals on public display in zoos, aquariums, and marine parks.

SeaWorld is a principled company and leader in the zoological community, and we are confident it will continue to be one of the world’s leading animal advocates. At the same time, we are saddened by the inevitable future consequences of this decision. The attacks on zoos, aquariums and marine parks must stop before these institutions are no longer able to help animals threatened and endangered in the wild.
If the anti-SeaWorld campaign that culminated in today’s announcement was really all about orcas, we call on animal rights groups that participated in it to immediately end their assaults on all of the other species in zoos and aquariums and instead focus their formidable financial resources on helping animals in the wild threatened by toxins, disease, marine debris entanglement, ship strikes, scarcity of prey, and a host of other threats. SeaWorld has done its part, now they should, too. The Alliance continues to support the development of breeding programs for cetaceans and other marine mammals to optimize genetic diversity, maintain a sufficient population to serve conservation, education and research commitments, and minimize the need to collect from the wild.

SeaWorld is an accredited member of the Alliance, admired throughout the zoological community for the tremendous passion, dedication and expertise of its staff, its world class animal care, and its five decades of scientific research, rescue and rehabilitation work, and public education and conservation work on behalf of animals. No institution in the world has contributed more than SeaWorld to a scientific understanding of orcas, and no one has done more to motivate millions to care about preserving them in the wild. SeaWorld takes exceptional care of all of its animals, including its orcas, resulting in its animals thriving and living as long as or longer than those in the wild.”
The Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums is an international association and accrediting body for marine parks, zoos and aquariums dedicated to the highest standards of care for marine mammals and to their conservation in the wild through public education and scientific research. Collectively, Alliance members represent the greatest body of expertise and experience in marine mammal husbandry and in-water interactive programs in the world.


EAAM Statement on Cetacean Breeding


BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, 19 March 2016 –   The European Association of Aquatic Mammals (EAAM) was created 44 years ago to bring together zoological parks and professionals devoted to the conservation and welfare of aquatic mammals both in human care and in the wild.  From the founding of the peer-reviewed Aquatic Mammal Journal in 1974 to its most recent scientific symposium convened just last week, EAAM’s main goal has always been to promote the sharing of knowledge and best practices pertaining to scientific research, public education, species conservation and management of aquatic mammals.

The EAAM views the breeding of cetaceans under human care as essential to expanding scientific knowledge and to ensure their sustainability and well-being in zoological parks that play a fundamental role in raising public awareness and motivating conservation-minded behaviour.  The more that is known, shared and experienced, the more likely the success of efforts to preserve cetacean species from the many anthropogenic threats to their survival.  The EAAM therefore regrets the decision made by SeaWorld management to end its Orcinus orca breeding program.

The vast majority of cetaceans in EAAM facilities are bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), a species classified for in situ conservation purposes by the IUCN as “of least concern.”  Breeding, together with high quality animal care and modern facilities, has resulted in a self-sustaining population of dolphins that on average live far longer than their counterparts in the wild.   More than 70 per cent of the dolphins in EAAM parks in Europe today were born under human care and no wild-caught dolphin has been imported into an EAAM park in more than a decade.  All bottlenose dolphins residing in EAAM parks are integrated in a single European studbook and are managed through the collective decisions of experts in the aquatic mammal community for the benefit of the European population as a whole.

EAAM parks based in the EU are accredited in accordance with EAAM Standards & Guidelines and are inspected and licensed by Member State authorities in accordance with national legislation pursuant to Council Directive 1999/22/EC, which recognizes the central role of zoological institutions in public education and scientific research.  The Directive requires all zoos to undertake conservation measures including research benefiting the species, training in conservation skills, knowledge sharing, and/or breeding.  A written breeding programme for each animal is mandated by the EAAM and also is obligatory under the laws of a number of Member States.

The EAAM is proud of its members’ contributions to the conservation of cetacean species through public display and related activities and rejects partnering with politically-driven campaign organisations that aim to close down zoological parks altogether through restrictions and bans of one species after another.  The EAAM will continue working with bona fide conservation organisations that share EAAM’s commitment to concrete species and habitat conservation and the promotion of conservation-minded behaviour through public education and local action.

SeaWorld is a world-recognized leader in animal care and welfare, cutting edge research, and rescue and rehabilitation work that has helped more than 27,000 animals in need in the wild over the past fifty years.  Its achievements are the result of its dedicated animal professionals.  None of this would have been possible, however, without the 400 million people who have patronized its parks over the last five decades, including millions who have continued to be inspired and informed by visits to SeaWorld in recent months despite highly financed smear campaigns and untrue propaganda spread by animal rights activists.

The EAAM stands ready and willing to engage in dialogue with the public, government officials, and politicians concerning its ongoing commitment to research, education and conservation of aquatic mammal species, including the breeding of cetacean species housed and managed by European zoological parks.


About EAAM:

Founded in 1972, the EAAM is a non-profit organisation that brings together zoological parks and professionals devoted to the in situ and ex situ conservation and welfare of aquatic mammals.  Visited by more than 21 million people annually, EAAM’s zoological park members in Europe are based in Belgium, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.


Media contact:

Dr. Javier Almunia, Incoming President, EAAM