October 12, 2007, Newsletter Issue #128: Las Vegas Area Attractions - The Dolphin Habitat

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One of the best family attractions in Las Vegas is this 2.5 million gallon Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage Las Vegas. Its home to a family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Its purpose is to provide a healthy and nurturing environment for dolphins, as well as to educate the public about marine mammals and their environment -- including their role in the ecosystem.

Four connected pools, an artificial coral reef system, and a sandy bottom replicate the dolphins“ natural environment. The facility houses only dolphins that were relocated from other facilities or born right here. No animals are taken from the wild for this project.

The Dolphin Habitat is an educational facility. Guests are provided the chance to see the dolphins in a naturalistic environment, exhibiting natural behaviors.

Guided tours for the public are conducted throughout the day. The habitat is also a site for scientific research and educational programs for students from pre-school through university age.

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