Like most people on this site I have always dreamed of owning my own zoo/aquarium, but the chances are that unless I win millions this is just not going to happen because there isn't a niche in the market for yet another zoo or aquarium. However the UK is seriously lacking any marine mammal rescue centres that caters for anything more than seals, in other words cetaceans. I've started to research the prospect of setting up the UKs first cetacean rehab centre, as there is a niche in the market for this and could possibly lead to some investment. My idea would be to set up something along the lines of Harderwijk Dolphinarium in the Netherlands (www.dolfinarium.nl), but without the performing theatre, so it would have a large naturally themed lagoon. In my opinion I don't think it is fair for us to euthanaise a stranded cetacean if it can't be floated back at that point in time, surely they should be given the chance of rescue and release? The reason I am writing this thread is to ask of peoples opinion of having such a facility in the UK and to draw on your knewlodge with regards to legislation. Can a rescue facility for cetaceans run and still open its doors under a zoo licence i.e. have other marine attractions to help with funds, or is there something put in place to prevent this from happening so to prevent dolphinariums opening under the pretexts of rescue centres? Any thoughts and ideas would be greatly appreciated, it would be a dream come true if I could get this off the ground.