The Sarasota Dolphin Research Program has been operated by the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) since 1989 and, since 1992, has been based at Mote Marine Laboratory, within the home range of Sarasota Bay dolphins.

“The Sarasota Dolphin Research Program is a flagship program of the Chicago Zoological Society,” said Dr. Stuart Strahl, President and CEO. “We are extremely proud of our 30 years of involvement with this program, as it exemplifies our mission to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities with wildlife and nature.”

The Program’s first discovery in the early 1970s that dolphins were long-term residents of Sarasota Bay set the stage for staff to be able to study individual animals throughout their lives.