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Permit Application to Import 3 Bottlenose Dolphins (File No. 22686, Chicago Zoological Society)


Marine Mammal Protection Act
Action Status
Affected Species


NOAA Fisheries issued a permit on November 26, 2019 to the Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield Zoo (Bill Zeigler, Responsible Party), 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL 60513, to import up to three bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) for public display.   

The dolphins may be imported from Dolphin Quest Bermuda to either the Brookfield Zoo or to Coral World Ocean Park in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.  The permit expires on December 1, 2024, or upon the importation of all three dolphins, whichever occurs first. 

The issued permit and other relevant documents are provided below under Supporting Materials. 

On May 4, 2021, two dolphins were imported to Coral World. 

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Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 07/19/2021