B.Y.O.F. (Bring Your Own Food) OR LET US FEED YOU

Unlike most theme parks, Marineland allows guests to bring their own food and beverages into the park.  But, if you would prefer to avoid the hassle of packing a lunch, you will find plenty of tasty food items to choose from in our on-site, cafeteria-style restaurant, The Hungry Bear.

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Traditional and popular fare like juicy burgers; crispy, golden fries and delicious pizza are on the menu to satisfy your hunger while you spend the day enjoying the park’s attractions.

If you prefer lighter options, try our mouth-watering rotisserie chicken.  We also offer fresh salads and fruits.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with one of our desserts or enjoy an ice cream cone.  We think you will find our soft serve to be the best you’ve ever had!

Ice Cream

Find a full list of our menu items here.

 

Sonja the Walrus Cause of Death Determined

An independent veterinary necropsy has determined that Marineland’s beloved walrus, Sonja, died following the sudden rupture of a very rare abdominal aneurysm.
It appears likely that Sonja was born with this rare condition.

Throughout her life Sonja received regular veterinary checkups and was under veterinary care at the time she passed away.
The nature and location of the aneurysm made it effectively impossible to detect and without any realistic method of treatment following a rupture.

Sadly, major emergency invasive surgery was never an option for Sonja given the nature and location of the aneurysm or its sudden rupture in a walrus weighing almost two thousand pounds.
Word of her death struck the park community hard, both the marine mammal care team and those visitors to Marineland that have enjoyed spending time with and learning from Sonja.

Marineland would like to thank kind members of the public who have expressed their condolences to our marine mammal team and who have sent their best wishes and continued health to all the park’s cherished residents.

Pursuant to the strict new Ontario Marine Mammal Regulations, a full report regarding Sonja’s death is being forwarded to the Marineland Animal Care Committee for its review.

Sonja the Walrus

Sonja the Walrus

Marineland Canada: Demonstrating A Commitment to Walrus Care Since 2001

Last week Marineland lost Sonja, who was the first walrus to relocate to Marineland. We’ve received many emails and Facebook messages from members of the public expressing their condolences for Sonja’s loss and asking questions about walruses at Marineland.

Our marine mammal care team appreciates the expressions of condolences and support from the public during this difficult time for them.

We would like to assure members of the public that Zeus, Apollo, Buttercup and Smooshi continue to thrive, due to the high quality care and enrichment they receive from dedicated members of the marine mammal care team and the veterinary staff that maintain their health.

While we await the results of Sonja’s necropsy, we are paying additional attention to the remaining walruses and continue to be prepared to take early intervention steps, should any of their health situations change.

Marineland has been home to walruses since 2001.

The economic fallout that followed the breakup of the Soviet Union made Russia a very challenging place to find the resources necessary to properly care for the many orphaned walruses rescued. It is believed Marineland’s walruses lost their mothers to poaching prior to being rescued. Many were in poor health when saved from the wild, and sadly continued to be as resource challenged organizations in Russia fought to save their lives.

Each of the walruses to come to Marineland was less than a year old when they arrived. Without human intervention, followed by Marineland’s care and compassion, each of these walruses is likely to have starved in the wild or been poached, just as their mothers likely were. Even with human intervention, the survival rate for orphaned walruses that are rescued is very low, due to the long term health implications this traumatic experience causes, for a range of reasons.

In addition to accepting beluga whales from a former Soviet defense program, Marineland felt a strong desire to help these orphaned walruses experience a better quality of life and has always been prepared to fight hard to save the lives of orphaned animals.

Sonja came to Canada from the renowned Moscow Zoo, a national institution in Russia with a strong international reputation, in 2001.

Sonja was joined by Zeus and Apollo two months after arriving at Marineland. Each came to the park in good health and provided Marineland’s marine mammal care team and veterinary staff with the opportunity to apply practical learning and develop best practices for the care of walruses at Marineland.

In 2002, Pandora, Buttercup and Buddy were brought to Marineland, and unlike Sonja, Zeus and Apollo, they were not in good health when rescued. Buddy was in such poor shape, Buddy’s previous owner surrendered Buddy to Marineland in the hopes that we could rehabilitate the walrus. Out of options in Russia, Marineland was seen as Buddy’s last and best chance for survival. We did everything we could.

Sadly, Buddy was too sick to be saved and after months of extensive efforts by Marineland’s marine mammal care team and our veterinary staff, we were unable to restore Buddy’s health. Pandora survived for nearly six years before passing away.

Marineland’s mammal care team was deeply impacted by Buddy’s passing. Buddy was the first walrus to pass away at Marineland. Mindful of the overwhelming numbers of orphaned walruses in Russia, Marineland brought over Smooshi and Azul in 2004, in an effort to provide a better future for each.

Our team was determined to take the lessons learned from caring for Buddy, during Buddy’s short and difficult life, and aware how much improved Buddy’s quality of life was here, where appropriate food, clean water, daily care and veterinary support was available.

Azul faced similar health challenges that predated being rescued and cared for in Russia, and sadly died within a year of coming to Marineland, after extensive marine mammal care team intervention and veterinary support.

While Azul, Buddy and Pandora experienced difficult health situations directly as a result of poaching rendering them orphans, Marineland’s staff gave each of these walruses the high degree of care, compassion, love and support that the public have come to expect from Marineland.

The lessons our team learned during these extraordinary times have directly contributed to Sonja, Zeus, Apollo, Buttercup and Smooshi thriving in the enriching environment Marineland provides for them. Sonja was the first walrus to pass away at the park in nearly ten years.

Buttercup, Smooshi, Apollo

Buttercup, Smooshi, Apollo

Zeus

Zeus

Smooshi

Smooshi

Apollo

Apollo

OSPCA Lays Strangest Charges Yet Against Marineland Canada

ElkPhoto-January9-2017Marineland Canada is responding to news reports of additional charges being laid against the park by the OSPCA related to alleged failures to respond to the standard of animal care and permitting an animal to be in distress related to a Fallow Deer, a Red Deer and an Elk.

These charges stem from an inspection on November 10, 2016, sixty-one days ago.

The OSPCA charges fail to identify a specific animal they believe to be in distress or not receiving an appropriate level of care sixty-one days ago at our park, and failed to identify a specific animal in their charges today.

Once again the OSPCA has opted to publicly announce charges and this time even undertook a press conference with the Deputy Chief Inspector of the OSPCA Jennifer Bluhm answering questions for the media. A representative of Marineland contacted Melissa Kosowan of the OSPCA to seek our participation by phone or web link in their press conference to allow us to hear the information they were sharing with the media, but had not shared with us. This request was refused, with Marineland being told this was not possible.

We believe the OSPCA is continuing a publicity campaign at the behest of a band of discredited activists with little relevant expertise or knowledge, in an effort to avoid further embarrassment related to an ongoing investigation into the OSPCA’s perceived failure to protect animals that is being led by the same activists they are now firmly in bed with.

Marineland looks forward to the OSPCA laying out their case in court, where facts matter and there is an objective measure of reality that has not been seen in the basis of their charges or the supporting documentation. We will hold the OSPCA to the high standards of Ontario’s legal system and require them to defend their charges to the fullest extent possible.

A scan of the charges can be viewed here.

What’s Really Going On At Marineland Canada

Marineland Canada is in the news again, being attacked by disgruntled former employees again, who are working with a professional activist group that raises just under $2 million dollars per year to share their distorted view of facts about others… again.

We believe the public has a right to know the truth about Marineland, and every reasonable person will understand that truth isn’t going to come from the radical, non-credible, California-based activists at Last Chance for Animals (LCA). In addition to distorting reality about Marineland, LCA appears opposed to household pets, sharing other outlandish ‘facts’ that include, “In six years, one female dog can be the source of 67,000 puppies.”

Last Chance for Animals uses their so-called investigations to raise millions of dollars a year with claims like, “Your donation will keep LCA’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in the field uncovering animal abuse and cruelty.” According to their financial statements, LCA spends more on direct mail fundraisers than they do on ‘Investigations fees and expenses’, which represents less than five cents of every dollar they spend (approximately $91,000 per year of nearly $2 million spent).

The discredited former employee LCA is working with this time has made the impossible claim that each day they worked, they “discovered at least two dead land animals every shift, and often more.” If this were true, Marineland would have no land animals left in very short order. This alone should make the complainant completely unreliable.

He further claimed that Marineland’s land animals are allowed to “breed indiscriminately”, and that the park did not have a handle on when new animals were born or died. Considering animals are segregated for breeding and the park provides appropriate seven days per week care to our land animals, this further demonstrates the lack of credibility this individual has. Besides daily monitoring by Marineland staff, the park is subject to regular and unscheduled OSPCA visits, surprise inspections, CAZA inspections, and several veterinary visits each week.

Yet LCA and animal rights activist/Canadian Press reporter Liam Casey have chosen to give non-credible, agenda-driven characters a megaphone to spread lies about Marineland, so here we are.

After how quickly the OSPCA dismissed their last bizarre round of attacks and untruths about Marineland relating to our marine mammal population, it is no wonder they chose not to issue a press release with these allegations. Marineland is confident again that LCA’s latest agenda-driven complaint against Marineland will be proven false.

Marineland intends to vigorously defend ourselves against these charges laid by the OSPCA, that we believe were driven by activists targeting the OSPCA for failing to find fault in how our park operates when past baseless claims have been made.

Today Marineland is providing detailed information on a number of species that call Marineland home, in an effort to provide interested members of the media and the public the opportunity to access the undistorted truth about our park.

‘Petey’ the Peacock

The disgruntled employee provided a picture to Canadian Press that we cannot verify the accuracy of, particularly due to LCA’s previous use of footage we believe to have been photoshopped, altered and distorted. The complainant “alleges the growth is a severe infection and the bird never received medical attention.” This is a lie and represents a false accusation of criminal animal cruelty. In reality, one of our peacocks had a harmless growth, comparable to a cyst, by the bird’s right eye. It remained healthy overall, continued to eat well and interact with other peacocks at the park.

The OSPCA ordered a vet to examine the bird within two weeks of their visit and for the park to follow the vet’s recommendations. This peacock was recommended to be euthanized, but it was saved when the vet determined later that they would be able to remove the growth.

The full story on Petey the Peacock and images can be found here:
http://www.marinelandblog.ca/a-peacock-tale-s…arineland-animal/


Bears

The dismissed employee made a number of claims about bears, and even provided the Canadian Press with a video of a bear defecating, shot from about eighty feet away, claiming “the former employee says the bears suffer from chronic diarrhea.”

They also claimed Marineland feeds bears food stored with carcasses, rotten or mouldy food and occasionally produce stickers.

We’ve prepared a detailed response on these allegations, including the general consistency of their stool (not something we expected to write about, but hey, Canadian Press asked!). We’ve included photos and videos of our bears that demonstrate their health.

http://www.marinelandblog.ca/edible-stickers-…constitute-abuse/ ‎


Guinea Fowl

Marineland is home to a wide range of marine mammal and land animal species and has recently begun acquiring various bird species as part of expansion plans that will include new exhibits focused on, you guessed it, birds.

While we construct a purpose built facility, Marineland is providing on-site care for these birds in one of the employee-only areas of the park. Of several thousands of birds at Marineland, less than a handful of these birds required any veterinarian attention, which they promptly received.

Reach more about birds at Marineland here:
http://www.marinelandblog.ca/guinea-fowl-and-other-avians/ ‎

Elk, Red Deer and Fallow Deer

Marineland is home to nearly one thousand members of the broader deer family including elks, red deer and fallow deer. Marineland being home to these animals allows people who would not get to experience them in the wild learn from them at our park.

We’ve provided a medical update on our herds to address completely bizarre mortality numbers provided to the media by a former employee.

Read more about our elk, red deer and fallow deer here:
http://www.marinelandblog.ca/red-deer-america…-and-fallow-deer/

Food Preparation and Storage for Bears

Perhaps the most desperate claims made against Marineland involve claims that at our park we feed our bears rotten fish and spoiled produce and dog food that we store with the remains of animals who are no longer with us.

Despite bears being attracted to rotting flesh and garbage in the wild, we do far better by them at Marineland. Our bears have spring water pumped into their enclosure on a constant basis, with this water flushing through their area and into Marineland’s river system. We are proud of the quality of water provided to our animals.

Canadian Press has been given a video that depicts the inside of Marineland’s morgue, a walk-in freezer where animal carcasses are stored until they are buried. This is a best practice that every veterinarian employs when dealing with the remains of household pets as well. The video also shows dog food that is being stored in the same facility for disposal.

For more on what Marineland feeds our bears and our animal burial practices, please click the link below:
http://www.marinelandblog.ca/food-preparation…neland-for-bears/

Where Marineland’s Animals Go To Rest

Veterinarians offices, human and animal hospitals, zoos, aquaria and marine parks all have an obligation to find ways to safely store remains of those who have passed away in their care until a burial or cremation can be arranged. Unlike humans, unless by special request, animals are typically buried together, when there is a sufficient number to bury to do so. Until that time, these animals, whether at a zoo, aquaria, marine park or your neighbourhood vet’s office, are stored in some form of freezer to prevent decomposition.

Marineland is no different. Our park has a certificate of approval from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change which allows us to bury the remains of our animals on site.

The freezer Marineland uses for this purpose is larger than it needs to be, and occasionally has been used to store other organic material that needs to be disposed of, and is best kept in a controlled environment like this room provides. It appears the storage of bags of dog food intended to be disposed of (and since removed) has been claimed to be kept in there as bear food.

The same video used to make this allegation shows where our bear food is being prepared and the disgruntled employee in question is only able to spot bulk produce and fish.

A Further Update on Gia — a beautiful four-year-old whale, activists continue to lie about.

Last Chance for Animals has been fundraising off the backs of our beluga whales since October 2013, failing to ever prove a single claim they’ve made. While attempting to damage our reputation by investing in public relations attacks led to a brief media splash in early 2016, an OSPCA investigation did not find any truth to what LCA had said.

This makes sense when you consider the source lives four thousand kilometres from the park and relies on non-experts to diagnose complex species with poor quality images and video we believe they simply distort when reality doesn’t fit the fundraising letter/narrative.

What is most disappointing is how LCA took a compelling story about a whale who would have died in the wild, and is only alive because of the dedication of our marine mammal team, and turned it into a sordid tale that requires a total contempt for the truth to weave together.

We forcefully responded when they did this and are sharing it again, because this week LCA brought up their lies about our whales again in a Toronto Star interview.

Find more on Gia, including images from November 30, 2016 below:
http://www.marinelandblog.ca/gia-and-the-lca/

 

A Peacock Tale: Slated for Euthanasia, Surgery Saves Marineland Animal

Petey the peacock after surgery, November 29, 2016

Petey the peacock after surgery, November 29, 2016

Two OSPCA charges against Marineland related to a single peacock shows the danger of judgements from afar, after a growth that appeared to be life-threatening turned out to be benign.

During its inspection of Marineland on November 10, the OSPCA noted a growth near the right eye of a male peafowl and ordered the company to have the animal examined by a veterinarian and follow any recommended course of action within two weeks.

The animal did not appear to be in distress; it had been eating well and interacting normally with the flock. Marineland called in a local veterinarian to examine the peacock, and an initial examination on site suggested euthanasia was likely appropriate.  Marineland and the OSPCA were both notified of this decision.

In preparation for this procedure, however,  a closer examination was performed, and in the opinion of the veterinarian it appeared that the peacock may respond to medical treatment. The veterinary staff had become attached to the peacock at this point, even naming him “Petey”. Surgery was attempted and while the outcome was uncertain, the growth was successfully removed.  Petey the peacock is now showing good signs of recovery.

This situation is an excellent example of what comes from jumping to conclusions from a distance. If even a trained veterinarian, viewing an animal from close range, could mistakenly consider a benign growth to be something life threatening, then it calls into question the claims of activist groups diagnosing these animals from California.

Self-proclaimed experts have mistakenly reported the deaths of park animals which remain healthy to this day, and misdiagnosed pebbles in deer hooves as shoulder inflammations. They often catastrophize simple ailments or falsely infer terminal illnesses from unflattering photographs. Changes in body size that are routine seasonal changes become false evidence of abuse and mistreatment to agenda-driven activists seeking to raise funds from well-meaning but misinformed animal lovers.

Marineland continues to provide high quality care for its animals, and disputes the charges levelled against it.

 

Guinea Fowl and other Avians

Many people are surprised to learn that Marineland contains both marine and land animals, but that has been true since the very beginning of the park. Plans have been underway to bring in a third element, with the introduction of avian or bird species. While these plans are not yet ready for the public, the animals are subject to examination by the OSPCA and are provided care through veterinary services.

During their recent visit, the OSPCA inspectors entered a guinea fowl pen. Guinea Hens, like any wild bird, did not respond well to the sudden entrance into their enclosure of four OSPCA staff, of which just one was a trained veterinarian. The OSPCA expressed their desire that more space be given to the Hens. Marineland has provided an additional area for the Guinea Hens to shelter.

Upon later inspection by the veterinarian Marineland brought in to ensure the park followed the OSPCA orders, one guinea hen was culled due to lameness, while the rest of the grasps, comprising roughly 175 fowl, are normal and healthy.

Among the other birds at Marineland, two turkeys of the flock of 80 were culled due to dyspnea [laboured breathing] after exertion, and no problems were found among the approximately 2,500 pheasants housed in four separate outdoor pens with shelters.

Together with the report on Petey the Peacock, there were no other findings related to the various avian species at Marineland. Among the several thousands of birds, only these isolated few have required veterinary attention. Marineland continues to provide quality care to all its marine, land, and avian animals.

The OSPCA failed to return to Marineland to determine whether their orders had been implemented before choosing to lay charges.

 

Food Preparation at Marineland For Bears

Black bears at Marineland, November 29, 2016

Black bears at Marineland, November 29, 2016

Despite allegations that Marineland stores food in our land animal morgue, in reality this is completely untrue. The Canadian Press has footage that shows none of the dog food in the food preparation area, and none of the actual food fed to bears in the land animal morgue.

We feed our bears a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and fish. We are able to secure human grade produce for our bears, that is past its best before date, but not expired — and our team manually sorts through this food, removing any pieces that appear mouldy, discoloured or otherwise unfit for bears. The fish is sourced from the marine mammal kitchen on the other side of the park and brought over in buckets, just prior to the bears being fed so it can be prepared with the rest of their daily meal.

The produce in the images is awaiting preparation. Like every food pantry or refrigerator, the produce is in its original packaging from the food supply service. The next stage will require employees to trim, cull, select, and prepare the produce for the bears, then mix and portion the food servings to ensure they receive a balanced diet. Any inedible, spoiled, or otherwise unacceptable elements would be removed for disposal at this point.

As for the final disposition of the diet we serve at Marineland, the complainant claimed the majority of our bears suffer from chronic diarrhea, something that is absolutely false. There are no bears at Marineland suffering from unaddressed diarrhea, and to suggest spring water and human grade fish and produce are causing gastro issues for animals known to be attracted to rotting flesh and garbage in the wild is preposterous. As with all the other claims by Last Chance for Animals, this scatological allegation is not worth further consideration.

 

Gia and the LCA

Gia the beluga whale, at Marineland November 29, 2016

Gia the beluga whale, at Marineland November 29, 2016

Marineland has been the target of other false and misinformed attacks from the radical animal activist group, Last Chance for Animals since 2013. In January of 2016, they issued one such assault that included a claim about Gia, one of the beluga whales in our care.

According to LCA, “Gia, a juvenile beluga who was initially separated from her mother by accident, was left in a shallow isolation pool for three months while she became emaciated”. This certainly sounds like a terrible situation, except this view from Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles is very different from the one in our park. Something got distorted over those 4,000 kilometres.

This allegation and others by LCA sparked an investigation by the OSPCA, who were rightfully worried about reports that a beluga would be purposely left isolated and starved. Except, like all claims coming from LCA regarding Marineland, the truth ended up being remarkably different.

According to the veterinary and park staff who care for Gia and her mother daily, when Gia was two and a half years old she was not at the same weight as the rest of the belugas of the same age. She was still being fed by her mother, but her mother was pregnant and due that summer. Gia would eat some fish that was provided to her, but not enough.

Staff grew concerned at her lack of growth and took steps to correct the issue. At first, they tried supplementing her fish with oils, but it wasn’t giving them the results they wanted. The decision was made to place her in our Friendship Cove to receive more intensive treatment and where she could be monitored frequently. Gia soon began increasing her diet. It was a gradual gain, but she soon gained enough weight to be safely reintroduced to the main pod.

When all this had been explained and proven to the satisfaction of OSPCA investigators, no charges were laid. In fact, no changes in care or procedures were even requested, because there simply was no truth to the LCA allegations. Once again, they were merely trumped up complaints meant to discredit and defame Marineland.

Last Chance for Animals brought up their lies about Gia again this week to defend their latest round of fundraising/complaints against Marineland and we felt that once again, we’d respond to their falsehoods.

 

Anti-Marineland Activists Playing Veterinarian With Video – Again

Marineland, Niagara Falls – Why would animal rights activists sit on footage of an animal they believed to be suffering for 103 days before releasing it? Today, August 31, 2016 anti-Marineland protesters released a video filmed of a deer on May 21, 2016 titled ‘Injured deer at Marineland Canada’ with the following sensational description “Marineland Canada is under intense scrutiny for their treatment of whales and dolphins, but this neglect extends well beyond marine mammals.”

In reality, anti-Marineland activists have filmed a scenario common to all land based mammals who set foot or hoof in an environment where pebbles lurk. The deer in question had a pebble caught in his hoof, similar to when a beachgoer has a pebble in their shoe. This is an experience that no one, not even a deer, would enjoy. At Marineland, our staff respond to situations like these by approaching the animal and removing the pebble from their hoof – a service not offered to deer in the wild.

The catastrophized medical diagnoses offered by individuals relying on poor quality footage shot on cellphone cameras is once again wrong. Despite the ill-informed prophecies of individuals who lack any formal veterinary training, once again selective footage of one reality has been presented as something completely different.

In the real world where Marineland’s mammals live and continue to thrive, our animal care team diligently provide unparalleled levels of care for the mammals who live at our park. We embrace the frequent visits from the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) and continue to follow best practices of animal care, despite the ill-informed opinions of non-experts who exclusively rely on amateur videos to feed their need to find something to fault at Marineland.

Marineland Canada is the most regulated and inspected facility of its kind and offers a fun -filled destination for families and friends, while also providing an opportunity to interact with a variety of species that most in the Great Lakes region would otherwise be unable to see. Our park continues to remain committed to providing high quality care to all animals who call Marineland home and continues to rely on formally educated and qualified veterinary experts who have real time interaction with our animals to do so.

We welcome inquiries from media on this latest false claim from anti-Marineland activists and others where a reality check is needed and will be happy to work with any government sanctioned regulator or investigator who is interested in knowing more about our land based mammal care practices.