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Our Animal Family

Common Name: Bottlenose Dolphin

Scientific Name: Tursiops Truncatus

Parents: Calusa / Razzle (Sea World)

Birth Date: February 24, 2015

Defining Trait: Trailing edge of dorsal fin has a ruffle like a lasagna noodle (like her mom Calusa!)/Wide and short face and rostrum

My Story: Cacica was named after a title given to strong female leaders in Native American tribes. She is a leader, mastering all of her behaviors in short order, and is a star of all of our interactive programs as well. Gregarious, happy, and focused on mastering tasks, it amazes us that while her aunt Pandora often nursed her for the first year of her life, the genetics of her mother Calusa are what has determined her personality. She excels at pretty much everything, including the lexigrams: flashcards that represent different behaviors. Cacica loves to select her own behavior by touching the lexigram! One of her favorite behaviors is her hurdle jump. With her trainer holding a target pole above the water, Cacica gets to build up speed and fly over it with great enthusiasm.

Nicknames: Cica

Our Mission - Through education, research and rescue, Dolphin Research Center promotes peaceful coexistence, cooperation and communication between marine mammals, humans and the environment we share with the well being of DRC's animals taking precedence.
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