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The year 2007 was declared by the United Nations as the «Year of dolphins». European Academy of Natural Sciences (AENS) closely tracked the experience of European countries to rescue and education of humane treatment to these amazing animals. Therefore it is a pleasure to announce that in the end of the year dolphinarium «Nemo» was awarded by the European Academy of Natural Sciences (AENS) with a silver medal and a diploma of Nobel laureate Albert Schweitzer «For the popularization of environmental knowledge, careful attitude to the dolphins and for the development of the dolphin.» 


Minsk dolphinarium «Nemo» is not only native and cozy home for the most beloved marine animals, but also cultural and educational center, where anyone can touch the sacrament of communion with the wisest and most humane animal. Among our main tasks there are — spreading knowledge about the life and knowledge about marine inhabitants as well as promotion of environmental ideas, development of ecological culture among people. 


Dolphinarium activities are ecological-educational. During performances our visitors are informed about physiology and characters of dolphins, especially their behavior, and the need for respect for the dolphins and to all of nature.

Children from orphanages, orphans, disabled children can collectively visit Minsk dolphinarium for free all year round.


Since childhood people desire to understand and to learn about our brothers by mind. This desire contributes to mutual spiritual and intellectual enrichment, as well as huge therapeutic effect for people who need help.

In our cruel world, where the problem of survival of animals is becoming more acute, our project brought together people who love animals, appreciate their beauty and unique talents and who are trying their best to popularize the idea of nature conservation.

Between our professionals and their pets there are not only friendly, but almost family relationships.


In Minsk dolphinarium «Nemo» you can learn a lot about the sea lion, Pacific dolphins and northern fur seals from the mysterious fauna.


Minsk dolphinarium «Nemo» is one of the most modern year-round cultural and recreational centers in Europe, which combines dolphinarium and the dolphin-assisted center.


Furthermore Minsk Dolphinarium is a part of an international network of cultural and recreation centers «Nemo» in Ukraine and other countries located Kiev, Odessa, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Berdiansk, Yerevan, Baku and Anapa. Opening of the year-round dolphinarium in Minsk is welcome for all guests and residents of the capital city, as the variety of architectural monuments and outstanding places of Minsk supplemented with fine institution for youth and family. Minsk dolphinarium «Nemo» is surprising visitors not only with its modern and beautiful design, but also with the best in Europe program show with Pacific dolphins, seals and sea lions, who shows complex and unique figures, prepared by leading experts in the field of education and training of marine mammals. During performances in the dolphinarium you will meet with the dolphins, learn many interesting things about their physiology, nature and characteristics of the behavior of these unique animals. You will be able to touch the nature and feel how beautiful the world that surrounds us. Seals Elochka and Aleks live in Minsk dolphinarium, as well as our charming and outstanding - Pacific Dolphins - Hercules - Vita, Mika - Hugo and sea lion - Nicholas. Minsk dolphinarium «Nemo» can accommodate 700 visitors. 


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Daily shows (except Monday) see Schedule and Prices.

In the dolphinarium «Nemo» you can make photos, swim with our pets. Also you have the opportunity to take dolphin-assisted therapy course. Sessions of dolphin-assisted therapy help to relax and to heal people who are exposed to chronic stress, as well as rehabilitation of children suffering from all sorts of disabilities.


After visiting Minsk dolphinarium «Nemo», we guarantee that you will get unforgettable experiences and positive emotions.

Dolphin-assisted therapy is recognized worldwide nonspecific method of amplification of the body's defense ability of people in different ages. Dolphin-assisted therapy is recommended for the people who suffers from various kinds of disorders as well as for those who are in practically healthy (pre-existing disease stage).

Dolphin-assisted therapy is also a method of medical and psychological rehabilitation and correction of children with all kinds of developmental disorders. Animals feel very strong with whom they have to deal and treat sick children over carefully.

The main components of the dolphin-assisted therapy healing effect is the psychological effect of human interaction with exotic animals in an unusual environment for human, and physiotherapeutical effect of sonar or sonophoresis, that is conducted by dolphins.

Dolphins — it is just a word. But as soon as we say this word, so many thoughts, images and feelings appears in our mind. During ages dolphins attracted people and many legends and myths were created about dolphins. One of the beautiful legend tells that according to the order of the king's mother of all the seas and oceans – all souls of the dead sailors turn to dolphins. They rise from the depths of the sea to the people and bring us all their unspent love and devotion. Perhaps that is why all the sailors and even pirates always say that the meeting with a dolphin brings good luck.

Nature gave to dolphins ability of disinterested friendship, because dolphin does not require anything from the man, and from year to year they are faithful and loyal friends. There are many different legends about dolphins, but always and everywhere — this is the first human friend and helper. Good, beautiful, intelligent and unselfish animal. After communication with dolphins people improve their mood, performance, disappear feelings of aggression, apathy, fatigue and stress.

There is a need to point out few things about these amazing creatures. Dolphin — it is not a fish, but mammal from the category of cetaceans, which are very similar to human. The structure, and the internal organs of the dolphin are absolutely the same as we have. They give the birth to a baby-dolphin as well as people, feed babies with milk, as well as people, and they breathe too, like you and me, with their lungs – dolphins don’t have gills.

Dolphins give birth to a single calf. Dolphin is appearing to the world with its tail forward, and immediately rises to the surface of the water to make its first breath of life. The calf, of course, wants to eat, snout poking into the belly of the mother and drinks milk on the go. Immediately after the birth, the baby is able to see, hear, swim, to distinguish his mother from other dolphins and communicate with it using the sounds.


If the baby suddenly gets lost, it begins to circle at the place where they were with its mother together, and she, of course, finds him. Indeed, the level of intelligence in dolphins is very high. There is evidence that during intelligence testing, dolphin gains 190 points and the person in the same test can get only 25 points more.

Dolphins are warm-blooded animals with a constant body temperature of about 36 degrees – the same as people. They sleep at the water surface, sometimes come out to make another breath. During the process of sleeping only one hemisphere of dolphin sleeps alternately, the other at this time awake. After one hemisphere rest, it wakes up and another hemisphere goes to sleep, and so on during the entire time that is needed for the dolphin to rest. Both hemispheres sleep alternately, changing roles several times during sleep.

You probably know that life started from the water, so many years ago, the ancestors of dolphins could walk, and only later due to unknown reasons, they returned back to the water. What pushed them to do so, we can only guess. Whether the change of climate, or conditions of obtaining food, but overall the fact remains that dolphins came back into the water, adapted there perfectly and never came out of it again.


Nature was very generously to dolphins. They have a striking feature - the ability to give pleasure to people. And exactly this joy you can get from our charming and unrivaled Pacific Dolphins: Hercules, Vita, Mika, Hugo, seals Elochka and Alex, patogon lion Nicholas.


With love and respect for the nature, the Dolphinarium «Nemo».

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