Latin America, Caribbean Quick Takes | January/February
Zoológico Guadalajara Introduces Educational Manatee Experience
Clau and Lorenzo are two manatees inhabiting Zoológico Guadalajara’s new Puerto Manatí area. The zoo in Jalisco, Mexico, welcomed the herbivorous marine mammals from Dolphin Discovery last summer, and guests can visit the pair of sea cows—a 6-year-old female and an 8-year-old male—in their new habitat.
The Guadalajara Zoo also offers an interactive experience to teach participants about the manatees, such as their lifestyle and diet, and engage with the zoo’s conservation efforts as the mammals continue to face threats of extinction due to pollution, destruction of their habitats, collisions with boats, entanglement in fishing nets, and poaching.
Paws-itive Changes Coming to The Dolphin Company Corporate Offices
Dog-friendly offices have become a growing trend, and team members at The Dolphin Company just got “fur-tunate.” One of the largest park opera-tors in Latin America announced that associates working in its corporate offices in Cancun, Mexico, could bring their best friends to work. The new “paw-licy” is part of the company’s actions as a socially responsible business to increase the quality of life in their workplaces.
The Dolphin Company considered the opinions of its staff through a survey that resulted in an acceptance rate of more than 80%.
“As a socially responsible company, it is our duty to take actions for the welfare of the associates that belong to The Dolphin Company family,” says Guadalupe Jimenez, chief human resources officer of The Dolphin Company. “Allowing canine pets in our corporate facilities is a strategy that we have decided to take due to the positive impact it will generate, as it will reinforce social ties in the work environment. From now on, being a dog-friendly office is part of our corporate culture.”
More and more frequently, employers and employees discover that pets make them happier, lower stress levels, and can create a more comfort-able, flexible environment. In addition, it reduces owners’ concerns about having to leave their pets alone at home.