Mirage Re-Branding Continues Without Dolphins
Three dolphins that have been frolicking in the water at Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage Resort & Casino are being relocated to SeaWorld in San Diego, California.
According to an article written by Elaine Emerson on Fox5Vegas.com, Karli, Sofi and Osborne, have officially been returned to the famous animal theme park and oceanarium in Southern California. Those three dolphins were originally loaned to the Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage by SeaWorld San Diego. There are still three dolphins residing at the Las Vegas Strip location.
Per Emerson’s article, Mirage President Joe Lupo released a written statement concerning the relocation:
“The care of the dolphins at The Mirage has always been the highest priority for both Hard Rock and MGM. We are returning the dolphins to SeaWorld in San Diego in accordance with Mirage’s contractual commitment to do so when SeaWorld originally loaned these dolphins to The Mirage Dolphin Habitat. We are grateful for their partnership and know they will be in great hands back with SeaWorld.”
As you may know by now, Hard Rock International purchased The Mirage Resort and Casino from MGM in December 2022. Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat was closed shortly after Hard Rock took over the property. They are in the process of rebranding the Las Vegas Strip mega-resort as Hard Rock Las Vegas. The garden and habitat will not be a part of the rebranding.
The Mirage originally opened on November 22, 1989. It was one of the first mega-resorts on The Strip, and according to Wikipedia, its success led to a building boom in Las Vegas during the 1990’s. It was one of the first casinos my wife and I visited when we first moved here in 1994.
The new Hard Rock Las Vegas is expected to open sometime in 2025 or 2026.
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.