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1) What makes The Mirage's program different from other dolphin interactives?
The program is limited to four participants per day so the Dolphin Trainer for a Day at The Mirage has a rare degree of personal attention. In addition, it is the only opportunity in Las Vegas to interact with dolphins. It’s a unique experience beyond the world-class shows, dining, nightlife, gaming and shopping for which Las Vegas is famous.
2) Why is the program limited to only four people per day?
The Trainer for a Day at The Mirage offers participants an entire day of rare, personal interaction and educational opportunities with the dolphins and the trainers. The Mirage’s program focuses on quality over quantity. The program is structured to further enhance the educational aspect of the dolphin program and give participants a genuinely personal experience.
3) Can people who are not hotel guests participate?
Absolutely! Everyone is welcome.
4) Is there a minimum age required to participate in the program?
Because of the level of information and skills required to work closely with the dolphins and their trainers, this educational experience is geared for a minimum age of 13 years old. Participants age 13-15 are required to be accompanied by an adult participant or observer at least 18 years of age. During Trainer for a Day, a great deal is shared about the marine mammal science and conservation efforts that take place every day at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat.
5) Why did The Mirage decide to start this Dolphin Trainer for a Day program?
This was a terrific opportunity to further enhance the educational aspect of the dolphin program for people who want to learn more about these magnificent mammals.
6) What do program participants do?
They work side by side with The Mirage’s professional marine mammal trainers, learning how The Mirage trains and cares for these dolphins. Every day is different, so they may do anything from feed the animals to participate in animal training activities to the observation of medical procedures. Participants also enjoy a lunch at a private poolside table located between two of the dolphin pools.
7) Is it safe for the dolphins?
Yes, the training sessions are important for the dolphins’ well being because they learn to participate in their own health care by cooperating with trainers. When The Mirage began considering this program, the most important issue was the safety and health of the dolphins. The various people the dolphins are exposed to through Trainer for a Day stimulate their brains and give them variation in their environment.
8) How much does The Mirage’s Trainer for a Day cost?
The $550 all-day program includes a morning orientation, a private lunch, 8x10 photo, Trainer for a Day Certificate of Completion, admission to Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, a Trainer for a Day embroidered polo shirt and hat as well as a photo CD of their experience. Participants also may bring an observer for an additional fee of $150. Observers enjoy admission into Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat and are welcome to join the morning orientation and the private lunch. They also may shadow the participant from just a few feet away. The observer also will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with a dolphin and receive an 8x10 photograph of the experience.
9) Do participants swim with the dolphins?
Although Trainer for a Day participants do not swim with the dolphins, the all-day, intimate interaction with both the dolphins and the marine mammal trainers makes for an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
10) What are some of the research projects conducted at the Dolphin Habitat?
Many of the Dolphin Habitat’s research projects focus on understanding dolphins’ reproductive process. The research has been so successful that the marine mammal team at The Mirage was invited to present its research findings at the invitation-only Dolphin Neonatal and Reproduction Symposium in October 2005, and The Mirage marine mammal team was the first team of specialists to artificially inseminate a dolphin in Europe.
In addition, research is being conducted to explore how dolphins communicate and assist each other to accomplish a common goal.
11) How can people book their reservations?
People who want to participate in Trainer for a Day at The Mirage may call (702) 792-7889. Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance. We encourage guests to book in advance as the program fills up quickly.
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Rebecca Ingram Frisch
MGM Resorts International Public Relations