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Delphinus, one of the very first institutions
in the world to achieve

At Delphinus we made history as one of the pioneer institutions in the world to obtain the "Human ConservationTM" certification awarded by the American Humane Association (AHA).

This program is aimed at ensuring the welfare and humane treatment of extraordinary, endangered and disappearing species living in zoos and aquariums around the world. So far, only four institutions worldwide have obtained this certificate:

  • Brookfield Zoo (Chicago, EEUU)
  • Shedd Aquarium (Chicago, EEUU)
  • Vancouver Aquarium (Canada)
  • Delphinus (Quintana Roo, Mexico

The program’s comprehensive standards were created by an independent Scientific Advisory Committee, whose rigorous auditing assessed the following criteria:

  • Animal welfare, animal ethics and conservation community.
  • Captive breeding programs and animal training.
  • Health condition, housing and feeding.
  • Thermoregulation, environmental quality (air, water) and appropriate sound levels.
  • Diseases and mortality rate.
  • Staff knowledge and training.
  • Positive, healthy and humane interactions between animals and handlers.
  • Social interactions between animals and the ability to self-separate.


During the event held in Washington, D.C., James F. Peddie, president of the Scientific Advisory Committee, stated, “This new Humane Conservation program will serve to help ensure the welfare of millions of animals and help the public to distinguish those institutions that are doing a good job, demonstrating to the public its commitment to providing a high degree of welfare to the animals with whom it works”.


American Humane Association emerges in 1877 as the first humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. It has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect.

The organization positively touches more than 42,000 lives each minute through:

  • Groundbreaking research.
  • Education & training.
  • Services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses.
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