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Dolphinaris Arizona isn’t permanently closed, despite lack of signage

Feb 19, 2019, 1:01 PM | Updated: 1:14 pm
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PHOENIX — Dolphinaris Arizona, the controversial aquatic facility in Scottsdale where four dolphins have died in less than two years, is not closed, according to a spokeswoman, even though signs at the business have been taken down.

Jennifer Smith told The Associated Press the facility remains temporarily closed as experts investigate potential factors in the deaths.

The facility closed two weeks ago to allow a panel of experts to evaluate the facility after 22-year-old Kai died on Jan. 31.

Smith told the wire service that the signs were taken down at the facility on Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community tribal land near the Loop 101 and Via de Ventura to avoid confusion.

There is no target date for reopening the facility, she added. It opened in October 2016 amid protests.

Kai’s death was preceded by 11-year-old Khloe’s death in December from a chronic illness due to a parasite called Sarcocystis that she had for six years.

In May 2018, Alia, a 10-year-old female dolphin, died after suffering from an acute bacterial infection.

In September 2017, a 7-year-old male named Bodie died of a fungal infection, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Dolphinaris initially reported that he died from a rare muscle disease.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Dolphinaris Arizona isn’t permanently closed, despite lack of signage