Mission: Education and research to promote the peaceful coexistence, cooperation and communication between marine mammals and humans.
Programs: Public education: programs ranging in length from 1 hour 1 week and varied in specific focus/depth of material and formation of dolphin research center training institute. All serve to develop an awareness for dolphin history,conservation issues and interactions with humans.
research: investigations into dolphin physiology, development and behavior. Assistance to injured/ill manatees, collecting physical data. Providing various recreational motivational education programs for individuals with special needs. Field research program began in 2014 and continues to observe and identify populations of wild dolphins in the middle keys in monroe county, florida.
membership: providing regular publications containing a broad range of dolphin and conservation information, fostering concern for dolphins in general and issues that affect them.
volunteer resources: participants experience day-to-day operations of a marine mammal care facility. Intern program that allows students to receive college credit. Dolphin research center welcomed over 70,000 guests from all over the world to meet its family of dolphins and sea lions. Guests can participate in a wide variety of activities designed to support dolphin research center's mission statement, from admissions to interactive programs to private custom programs. Dolphin research center partners with wounded warriors and hosts an annual soldier ride in the florida keys through endowments from the charles evans foundation, as well as project odyssey and custom programs for wounded warriors and their caregivers. Additionally, dolphin research center strives to educate through its support of its local community by sponsoring all local monroe county school children visits, tom's harbor bridge cleanup, 7-mile bridge run, local chamber events, and ocean day celebration. Dolphin research center also partners with florida fish and wildlife as the primary manatee rescue agent in monroe county, florida. Finally, fiscal year 2017, dolphin research center successfully conducted its fourth year of the dolphin research center training institute, with students graduating and earning a certificate in may 2017.
In the U.S., the captive cetacean industry is increasingly understood to be archaic and cruel. The CEO of this for-profit "non-profit" recently urged Washington State not to adopt a ban on performing cetaceans, fearing ethics and morality on the Pacific Coast. Florida has no humane regulations monitoring this inhumane industry. However, the tide is against such industries. There is no reason to make a rehabilitated dolphin perform for its supper.