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Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage achieves Humane Certification

25 April 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Today, American Humane, the country's first national humane organization and the world's largest certifier of animal welfare and well-being, announced that Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage achieved certification by the American Humane Conservation program for animal welfare. The Las Vegas facility passed a rigorous third-party audit to become the first facility in the western continental U.S. to earn the program's prestigious Humane Certified seal of approval.

The American Humane Conservation program is the first certification program devoted solely to helping ensure the well-being and humane treatment of animals living in zoos, aquariums and conservation centers worldwide. The program enforces comprehensive, evidence-based standards of animal welfare developed by world-renowned leaders in the fields of animal science, animal behavior, animal ethics and conservation.

"American Humane is thrilled to recognize Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage with its Humane Certified seal of approval," said American Humane President and CEO, Dr. Robin Ganzert. "The certification of Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat by the American Humane Conservation program demonstrates to the public their impressive leadership as a responsible, humane steward of the animals living in its care."

David Blasko, director of animal care at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, said, "Certification by American Humane underscores that animal welfare is at the center of all that we do at the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. We're proud to have earned this distinction, which was made possible by the staff's remarkable dedication to the well-being of the animals."

The American Humane Conservation program's extensive criteria exhaustively consider the many dimensions of animal welfare and well-being, with areas of evaluation including: excellent health and housing; positive social interactions within groups of animals, as well as between animals and handlers; safe and stimulating environments, enriched with concern for factors such as appropriate lighting, sound levels, air quality and thermoregulation; and evidence of thorough preparation and protocols established to prevent and manage medical or operational emergencies.

You can read more about The American Humane Conservation program on the website.

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