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Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park Team

Patrick BerryGeneral Manager
Patrick has worked with marine mammals as a trainer, husbandry coordinator, supervisor of training, curator, director of animal management and director of animal programs in the United States, the Bahamas, and French Polynesia (Tahiti) over the last 24 years. 

His broad experiences in the field range from research with cetaceans including physiological studies which have been published, to husbandry, interactive training, open ocean training, film work in a variety of genre with dolphins, transport and handling, show presentation and lectures. He has worked and managed marine mammal facilities from the smallest of parks to most recently having been employed by one of the largest and most successful amusement park companies in the world. He and his family are enjoying being back near the ocean.

Stacy DiDonatoEducation Coordinator
From 1998-2012 Stacy was actively involved in Gulfarium’s Animal Department as a marine mammal trainer and supervisor. She was honored when management appointed her as Education Coordinator, and she looks forward to creating innovative educational programming.  She is a south Florida native and found her way to the Emerald Coast in 1995 where she resides with her husband and son.
Mary Kate NorthupRetail Manager
As a native to the Emerald Coast, Mary Kate remembers spending time enjoying the Gulfarium as a child. After spending several years in the animal care profession and graduating from the University of West Florida, she is excited to join the Gulfarium team and share her passion for conservation and the natural world. 

Kandy Terry – Food Service Manager

Kandy grew up visiting the Fort Walton Beach area every year for family vacation and always promised herself that she would some day live here. She followed her sister and now her parents live here, too! Kandy has always loved the food services industry and enjoys meeting people to tell them how much she enjoys being a part of the Gulfarium team. She is very excited for the opportunity to manage the food services team here at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.

Evan Gibson – Director of Facility Maintenance
A transplant from Oklahoma, Evan has been with Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park since 2006.  He is a jack of all trades and his common reply to requests is, "That won’t be a problem."

Andy Horn - Supervisor of Marine Mammals

Andy began his career as a trainer in 2009 after graduating from     Western Carolina University with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in Communications. Since then he has worked with marine mammals in a variety of settings including open water, cognitive research, physiology research, guest interaction, and show presentations. In addition to his work in a zoological setting, he has assisted in several field projects including bottlenose dolphin health assessments, rescue, and photo identification studies. He stays actively involved in a professional animal training organization, IMATA, as a member of the Animal Training Advisory Committee and the Research and Conservation Committee. He is honored to care for the mammals and birds that reside at the Gulfarium.

Bryan Martin - Supervisor of Marine Mammals

Bryan has trained and cared for a variety of animals in zoological settings. After completing his Bachelor of Science - Marine Biology, he started his career as an animal trainer in the Northeast. Wanting a unique challenge, his next move was training California sea lions on the west coast. After 6 years, he made the leap to care for multiple species such as sea otters, beluga whales, harbor seals, sea lions and penguins. Bryan has joined the Gulfarium Team as one of the Supervisors of Animal Training. He is passionate about animal care, training and public education. He is a Bostonian at heart but is excited to be here on the Emerald Coast.

Rachel Tolley- Supervisor of Marine Mammals

Rachel is an Emerald Coast native who began working at the Gulfarium in 2004 in the guest services department. After falling in love with all the variety of species of animals that call Gulfarium home she decided this was the place to start her dream career as a marine mammal trainer. She continued developing her skills over the many years in the marine mammal department and became a Supervisor of Animal Training in 2015. She feels extremely lucky that she is able to follow her dreams while remaining in her hometown with her family.

Dr. Rebecca Wells, DVM - Veterinarian 

Rebecca has been working with marine animals for the past 18 years.  She studied the reproductive biology of sharks as a research assistant in order to provide information to help develop conservation guidelines in the fishery industry.  After volunteering with rehabilitation of sea turtles and stranded dolphins and whales, she went back to school and earned her Master’s degree developing molecular diagnostic tests to identify viruses in dolphins and whales.  Rebecca earned her veterinary degree from the University of Florida and became part of the Gulfarium’s veterinary team in 2006.  She oversees the preventative health program for all the animals residing at the Gulfarium and provides lifesaving medical care to the stranded sea turtles that are presented to the C.A.R.E. program. She has participated in health assessments of wild dolphin populations and helps teach two courses for Auburn veterinary students to introduce them to medical care of marine animals.

Meredith Horn - Director of Marketing and Communications

Meredith’s professional background within zoological community began in the realm of Education. During this time, she developed curriculum, and launched numerous funding programs. Meredith quickly gained momentum through active participation with the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA).  She has contributed to several communications initiatives, organized facility events, and assisted with field work on Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.  She also has experience in marine mammal training.  Prior to arriving at the Gulfarium, Meredith directly managed over 400 Volunteers in a zoo setting.  This community development experience was a highlight while she continued to reach her career goals. To this day, there is nothing she loves more than connecting with guests about animals and being on the water in the Florida sunshine.  If she’s sees you around the park, she’ll probably be the first to say hello! 

Graham Northup - Curator of Fish and Reptiles 

Graham is an Emerald Coast native who was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida and has been working with animals in zoological settings for many years. He received his Associates degree in Zoo Animal Technology from Pensacola State College and his Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of West Florida. He has a strong passion for working with a variety of commonly misunderstood animal species such as snakes, sharks and crocodilians, and educating people about the uniqueness of them, as well as the important roles they play in our environment. 

 

    ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

  • Dolphin Star >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Dolphin Star

    • Ages: 5 and Up
      Price: $15.00
      Duration: 3 Minutes
    • Take center stage, as an acting veterinarian, while joining our marine mammal trainers dockside during a segment in one of our dolphin shows. This experience includes the opportunity to touch and feed a dolphin! 

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  • Dolphin Splash Encounter >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Dolphin Splash Encounter

    • Ages: 8 and Up
      Price: $169.00
      Duration: 20 Minutes
    • Enter the dolphins’ world for an unforgettable experience as you get up close and personal with these sleek and graceful animals. While in shallow water, you will play, touch, and learn about our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins alongside a Gulfarium trainer.

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  • Discover Dolphins >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Discover Dolphins

    • Ages: 5 and Up
      Price: $35.00
      Duration: 5 Minutes
    • You won’t help but be enchanted as you meet our dolphin family during this hands-on dockside encounter. Play, laugh, and learn about the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, known for their curious nature and spirited disposition.

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  • Stingray Bay Snorkel >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Stingray Bay Snorkel

    • Ages: 5 and Up
      Price: $39.00
      Duration: 1 Hour
      (20-25 min in-water)
    • Immerse yourself in a bay of wonder as you snorkel with stingrays and sharks! You’ll be provided all the snorkel gear needed to marvel at the beauty and graceful nature of these mystifying creatures.

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  • Discover Harbor Seals >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Discover Harbor Seals

    • Ages: 8 and Up
      Price: $39.00
      Duration: 10 Minutes
    • Gentle, yet playful, our Harbor seals will melt your heart while you touch and feed them during this special interaction.

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  • Kids Reptile Safari >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Kids Reptile Safari

    • Ages: 3 and Up
      Price: $15.00
      Duration: 25 Minutes
    • Are reptiles creepy creatures or cute critters? You be the judge! Meet several of Gulfarium's cold-blooded residents including turtles, lizards, snakes, and alligators.

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  • Discover Penguins >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Discover Penguins

    • Ages: 8 and Up
      Price: $39.00
      Duration: 20 Minutes
    • Meet our flightless friends of the sea! Participants will have the opportunity to feed and touch an African penguin while learning about these lively and lovable birds.

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  • Discover Turtles >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Discover Turtles

    • Ages: 5 and Up
      Price: $39.00
      Duration: 45 Minutes
    • This turtle-filled encounter will introduce you to our seafaring loggerheads, a variety of fresh water turtles, and even our land-loving African spurred tortoises. Go behind-the-scenes to learn about our long running sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation program where you will get an up-close and personal experience with these beautiful animals!

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  • Discover Sea Lions >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Discover Sea Lions

    • Ages: 8 and Up
      Price: $39.00
      Duration: 10 Minutes
    • Known for their lively spirit and clever ways, our California sea lions are ready to play! Join the trainers that interact with them every day for a dynamic encounter full of fun and thrills!

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  • Discover Gators >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Discover Gators

    • Ages: 5 and Up
      Price: $15.00
      Duration: 15 Minutes
    • The Gulfarium is home to several life stages of Florida's state reptile, the American alligator. Meet and touch our juvenile gators, then set foot into the large gator habitat for a closer look at these fascinating swamp dwellers.

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  • Discover Stingrays >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Discover Stingrays

    • Ages: 4 and Up
      Price: $15.00
      Duration: 15 Minutes
    • Dip your hands into our stingray estuary and marvel at the tranquility of these gentle fish as they glide under your fingertips.  Soak up specifics on stingrays from a Gulfarium aquarist and meet these graceful creatures of the sea from the comfort of dry land.

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  • VIP Trainer >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    VIP Trainer

    • Ages: 13 and Up
      Price: $379.00
      Duration: 5 Hours
    • Ever wonder what it's like to be a marine mammal trainer at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park? As a VIP Trainer, you can enjoy a hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience like no other! Working side-by-side with our trainers, you'll learn and practice all it takes to train and care for all of our marine mammal residents, including dolphins!

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  • SPECIAL PROGRAMS

  • Sunset Camp (starts June 7, 2018) >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Sunset Camp (starts June 7, 2018)

    • Ages: 6 to 14
      Price: $89.00
      Duration: 5 Hours
    • Enjoy an evening out while your children have an unforgettable experience at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.  Includes a dockside encounter with a dolphin, exploratory venture along the beach, ocean-themed activities, and dinner alongside the seals.

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  • Breakfast with the Dolphins (summer only) >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Breakfast with the Dolphins (summer only)

    • Ages: 5 and Up
      Prices: Breakfast with the Dolphins Ages 5 through 12 - $89.00
      Breakfast with the Dolphins Ages 13 and up - $99.00
      Duration: 1 Hour
    • Start your day with a smile as you enjoy a delicious breakfast with the company of dolphins on the deck of our Dolphin Point exhibit. While your meal is prepared, you will have the opportunity to touch and feed the dolphins and interact with the trainers to learn more about our finned family

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  • Birthday Party Package >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Birthday Party Package

    • Ages: All ages
      Prices: Birthday Party Deposit - $50.00
      Balance - $250.00
      Duration: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
      (duration refers to Living Sea room rental; party can explore the park anytime between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.)
    • Celebrate your birthday in a wild and crazy way!  Have a splash-tastic day at the Gulfarium with your friends and family and enjoy lunch “under the sea” surrounded by beautiful tropical fish in our Living Sea event room.

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