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"I was sure that Dolphinarium Nemo will be closed down," says Silva Adamyan, Head of the Bird Fans Center NGO, when commenting on the reports on termination of the Dolphinarium's activity in an interview with ArmInfo.
She said that experts have repeatedly alarmed that dolphins are kept in dissatisfactory conditions at the dolphinarium in Yerevan. The resolution by the specialists of the New Yorl Zoology Institute says that fresh water is fatal for dolphins.
"We knew that that business would fail as the owners of the dolphinarium would have to pay 30,000 EUR for every new animal if the existing ones died," Adamyan said.
The dolphinarium was put into exploitation in Yerevan in December 2010. Four dolphins and two seals were imported in Armenia from Ukraine. Environmentalists had repeatedly alarmed that the Ukrainian Nerum Company that transported the dolphins to Yerevan was recognized illegal in Ukraine. The Bird Fans Center NGO and Ecodar NGO applied to the court against the Nature Protection Ministry over some violations. Environmentalists say that Nemo Dolphinarium lacks
documents on import of dolphins to Armenia. On April 10 2012 the court rejected the claim against the dolphinarium.
After the last show at Dolphinarium Nemo in early February 2012 the animals were transported to Ukraine. The building is subject to demolition.