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  1. hkzoe is offline Curious Chap
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    Mar 2014
    Yes, that's correct. Got all sorts there, ex SeaWorld, ex Busch Gardens, ex Loro Parque, some 'IMATA members too! And of course Ocean Park HK has complained about losing some of their staff.

    Julien Forestier - ex Loro Parque, Connyland - Zhuhai Chimelong marine mammal trainer
    Alan Stein - ex Busch Gardens - Zhuhai Chimelong executive producer
    Ray Davis - ex SeaWorld Orlando curator, Georgia aquarium senior vice president - Zhuhai Chimelong

    Ocean Park in HK is also affiliated with SeaWorld, via their AI breeding programme.

  2. Anonymous Guest
    Is Ocean Kingdom making any deals with Sea World? I heard that some of the employees in Ocean Kingdom are former Sea World personnel, is that right?

  3. Anonymous Guest
    We know that two orcas who were caught in the Sea of Okhotsk in Russia in 2013 have been transported and traded to China. People who watch these trades know that China bought two orcas from Russia. Now there isn't a whole lot of places an orca in a holding tank can go to. People don't trade orcas for fun, they do it for purpose.

    These are expensive animals as well worth a million dollars per animal so you don't just buy them for no reason. It's a planned investment. Ocean Park had no orcas since the 1997 and it seems unlikely that after 17 years of not having any orcas on display, they would suddenly enquire to get some. But a new massive park with new attractions and new pools hoping to attract millions of visitors... yes that one could very easily be interested in opening up orcas shows.

    People know that those orcas are currently being trained up somewhere. So it's just a matter of time when those orcas are ready to perform that they will be put on display. And I would not be surprised if two orcas pop up in your park by the summer.

  4. Anonymous Guest
    The difference between the soul of an ant and an orca is that the ant is not self-aware, the orcas' soul is.

    Both animals should be respected in the same degree. None of these animals should be killed recklessly. But as far as I'm aware ants don't live in parks, do they? No one goes around and catches them, puts them in plastic containers only to transport them around the globe and put them in a tank? Orcas live in the open ocean and swim hundreds of miles every day. In a tank they can't do that any longer. There is much scientific evidence that orcas suffer in captivity. Can ants suffer to the same degree if caught and put into a park? I'm not an ant expert but as far as I'm aware insects aren't horribly intelligent creatures that merely act on instinct. Orcas are much like us, they have an additional part of their brain responsible for emotions, one that we don't have. They are self-conscious creatures like us, so are other dolphin species.

    Scientists like Dr. Naomi Rose and Dr. Ingrid Visser both argue that captivity damages these creatures and it's backed up by statistics. 87% of all orcas that have been caught since the 60s have died within 10 years of their confinement. Most orcas die prematurely. In captivity they live reduced life spans by roughly 50%.

    Depending on how big Ocean Kingdom's orca pool will be, these 2 orcas will likely die within the first 5-10 years. Some wild caught orcas didn't even survive more than a few days.

  5. Anonymous Guest
    What's the difference in value between the soul of an ant and an orca? Because the orca is bigger, some humans care overly much. No one cares about the ant, and everyone is smashing bugs the whole day long, and leaves them half dead on the floor.

  6. Anonymous Guest
    I will never visit this park. Theme parks that hold cetaceans should finally be outlawed. This park will have belugas and dolphins, all of which suffer incredibly in captivity.

    There is also speculation that two orcas who were caught in the wild in Russia have been bought by Ocean Kingdom and will be put on to display. If that is true I will advise everyone I know not to go to this park. Sea World in America is currently getting destroyed by criticism over their orca care. 3 humans have died from orca attacks in captivity.

    No matter how hard you try and how big and deep a pool you built, orcas are incredibly social and intelligent creatures that die prematurely in captivity because the conditions are simply not good enough. They live in really tight family bonds that last a lifetime in the wild. And people go rip their families apart.

    It's terrible. I'm not a friend of dominance so I'm not a friend of any theme parks that traumatize these wonderful creatures. Cetacean captivity is a dying business. Since the movie Blackfish the debate has gone viral so all China is doing is trying to set up a market that is gradually decreasing and falling apart. Not the most clever business decision if you ask me.

  7. Anonymous Guest

    The Chimelong International Ocean Resort on Hengqin Island drew in about 500,000 visitors during its first 10 days in business. The developer, Guangdong Chimelong Group Co Ltd, said the Lunar New Year holidays had boosted the number of visitors.
    Seriously? Is this an artificially inflated number, maybe? 500k visitors in 10 days would add up to 18 million visitors per year
    --> more than Disneyland?!

  8. Anonymous Guest
    This looks amazing but can't help but feel aquariums housing whales and dolphins should be banned, particularly no new ones to be built. These animals have been abducted from their home, their families and imprisoned in a tank for our entertainment. Wrong on so many levels.

  9. Anonymous Guest

  10. research007 is offline Senior Park Investigator
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posted 30 January 2014 on Macau Business Daily:

    Hengqin Island has been designated a special economic zone by the mainland authorities, and has been widely touted as a complementary family holiday destination to Macau without the daily distraction of casinos. But Hengqin is handily connected to Macau via the Lotus Bridge immigration checkpoint for those that want some gambling on the side.

    On Tuesday the first stage of that Macau-Hengqin, two-centre, approach to leisure began with the soft opening of Chimelong International Ocean Resort on Hengqin.

    This confirms:
    a) that Chimelong Ocean Kingdom theme park has opened
    b) that non-Chinese visitors need a visa to visit

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