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OUR LAS VEGAS: The Mirage Dolphin Habitat gets you up close and personal

Posted at 5:19 AM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 13:47:10-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV)  — Endangered Species Day is Friday, May 17!

Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage and The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay are celebrating by featuring a educational activities. The activities will demonstrate the importance of protecting the world's wildlife.

Good Morning Las Vegas anchors Beth Fisher and Dayna Roselli visited the Mirage to get up close and personal with the dolphins. They were introduced to 42-year-old Lightning, who is the father to many of the other dolphins at the habitat.

The normal life span of a dolphin is just 14 or 15 years. 11 bottle nosed dolphins call this place home. 7 of them born at the Mirage. Bottlenose dolphins aren't at risk of going extinct, but seeing these animals up close will hopefully encourage kids to protect animals that are.

Right next to the dolphins, you visit the sustainability discovery center, where kids will learn about endangered species and how they can help.

Education Supervisor Robert Roozendaal says, "Many people may never leave Nevada but we want them to know what they do here can impact oceans and environment around the world." He says things like picking up trash, recycling plastic, and conserving water help keep the animals and environment safe.

Kids 12 and under can bring artwork, an essay, or a poem to the Mirage Friday through Sunday for free admission. Kids under 3 are always free. Adults pay $22.

If you bring a Nevada ID to The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay on Friday, you will receive a discount admission.

You can find Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat tickets and Shark Reef tickets on The Mirage and Mandalay Bay websites.