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Animal Acquisition Statement

Over its 35-year history of growth and development, Ocean Park has earned its well deserved reputation as a leading zoological park that connects people with nature by offering its guests consistently educational and entertaining experiences. It provides a place for people to enjoy quality time with their families and friends, as well as learn about animals and be engaged in conserving wildlife and the natural environment.

With over 110 million visitors since its inception in 1977 and over 632,000 students already enrolled in its educational programmes during the past 18 years, Ocean Park makes a point to place top priority on safeguarding the welfare of all the animals in its care whilst advocating to students and visitors conservation principles for wildlife and environmental protection. As outlined in Ocean Park's animal acquisition policy, the Park is committed to acquiring animals from other animal facilities through rescue, breeding loans, animal exchanges or purchases.

Animal acquisition from the wild is always the Park’s last alternative. A population assessment and non-detrimental findings report should precede acquisitions of animals that are listed under appendices I, II or III of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) or as “threatened” (defined as Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable) under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

Ocean Park abides by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Code of Professional Ethics, a set of standards that guides all considerations of animal welfare matters within zoological facilities, aiding the Park to achieve high standards of animal care and professional conduct. In addition to this Code, an Institutional Program Animal Policy is in place to guide the manner in which Ocean Park deploys animals for programmes, as well as an Institutional Animal Collection Plan to guide the future decisions for the Park’s wildlife collection.