sorry I haven’t been posting much. Right now when I work on what I call “whale stufffffffzzzzzz”, I’ve been focused on my next protest (March 22) and digging around for any other information that I don’t already have on the mojave dolphins. I need to hit the library and see what I can get from any old books or newspaper articles that I am unable to find online. I’m still here! learning about dolphins stresses me a lot more than learning about orcas (Shut up about how they are dolphins, I know this, but because of my two “projects” I do separate them more in my mind) SO MUCH TO KNOW so much to learn and I feel like so little time! wanna help me out? SPAM ME WITH SOME DOLPHIN FACTS ;) love u!
thank you tumblr for telling me i had a message LAST MONTH! ugh! it is from “the secret life of siegfried and roy: how the tiger kings tamed las vegas”. look it up on google books. you can read a lot of it for free there. i found it while searching for the dolphins, it came right up! very interesting. i couldn’t put it down. since i live in las vegas, we miraculously have 20 copies in our library system. lol
We should not have a dolphin tank in the middle of the desert. I know I haven’t lived here long, but I have heard that certain areas can’t even water their lawns during certain seasons, and not everywhere is even allowed to have grass. Saving water is important, so I really don’t understand why in the MOJAVE DESERT we have a dolphin tank, and a few shark tanks..
the story of Sigma arriving in Las Vegas, the first mojave dolphin.
Jan 17th 1997, shortly after the tiger habitat opened to the public, all of the trainers left to go to a photo shoot at Siegfried and Roy’s Little Bavaria. Hotel guests were left to roam the garden by themselves. One of the tigers attacked and killed another while guests watched. The biggest tiger cage at the mirage is only 6000 sq ft. The cage the killer tigers were in on 1/17/1997 was only 2500 sq ft. The attack happened because the tigers were usually kept in a trio. One tiger was removed, and it upset one causing the attack.
Siegfried and Roy declaw their tigers.
After swimming with dolphins during a trip to Hawaii, Steve Wynn made up his mind to have a dolphin pool at the Mirage, a resort he was building in Las Vegas in the late 1980s. Protests by animal-rights activists stretched the time it took to get licensed by federal wildlife authorities to three years. The dolphins had to be flown in on specially outfitted chartered jets. Costs quadrupled over initial estimates, to $14 million. But in the end, the casino mogul got his way.
He equipped the pool with a private area where he and his guests donned wet suits to romp with the animals. Wynn liked to speak baby talk to the dolphins and, when a young one died, he buried it near the 17th hole of Shadow Creek, his private golf course. “I’m just this side of PETA,” he said, referring to animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Wynn had the dolphins buried in caskets on his private golf course when he was in charge of the Mirage. I’m starting to wonder if he retained any ownership over the dolphins since he was obviously VERY attached to them. The more I find out, the more I feel Wynn could be a reachable man with a change of heart. Heard he even went vegan. I’m assuming that since some of these deaths were after the Mirage was sold to MGM in 2000, that he does still have the dolphins buried there.
hey ~ go read all the info i posted on the mojave dolphins last night ! go go go
Las Vegas had their own version of Junior the Orca. This time it was a dolphin kept in the basement of the MGM. I had no idea that these other sea animals were kept here. I am going to try to do more digging for info on them.
Book: The Secret Life of Siegfried and Roy: How the Tiger Kings Tamed Las Vegas