Thursday, November 5, 2009

Tanner represents everyone at DRC in thanking our nation's
military and veterans. His grandmother, Theresa, served in the U.S. Navy.


To salute the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces, Dolphin Research Center (DRC) is offering free admission to veterans and current military service personnel and a guest on Veteran’s Day, November 11th. Personnel only need to show their military identification cards or other proof of military service when they arrive at the facility. Dolphin Research Center offers fun-filled, educational narrated demonstrations throughout the day and a variety of exciting interactive programs that bring you up close to their family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The nonprofit facility is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at mile marker 59 on Grassy Key in the heart of the Florida Keys. For more information, call 305-289-1121, or visit DRC's website at http://www.dolphins.org/.
Throughout the year, the center offers a military discount of $3.00 off the regular adult admission. This discount is available to all military personnel and veterans. The center's oldest dolphin is herself a veteran. Theresa, believed to be in her early-to-mid-50s, spent time in the United States Navy's dolphin research program. Several staff members also served in the armed forces, including Chief Operating Officer Mandy Rodriguez who served in the U.S. Marine Corps. On the facility's grounds, there is a special garden area dedicated to veterans of all wars. This garden was installed by a group of veterans who participated in a dolphin assisted therapy program. It was rededicated in August with a special ceremony.

3 comments:

Erika said...

That picture of Tanner is marvelous! Thanks for all you do to help our vets.

Erika said...

But now I've thought of a couple training questions: how long did it take to prepare Tanner for this photo - is there a trained behavior of "hold this in your mouth" already in place, or was this taught specifically for this instance? How quickly did Tanner take to it? And did he have to be desensitized to the flag's waving movement, or was that an issue at all? My curiosity gets the best of me.

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let's protect them..
they really help other people to ease their depression..
these dolphins are very lovable...