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Originally from Argentina, Pedro Lavia fell in love with dolphins in the late 1960s in Venezuela. Soon after, he traveled in Latin America with the “Miami Dolphins,” a marine program to introduce people to dolphins. This program was followed by a presentation called Circus “Aquarama.” In the late 1970s, Lavia envisaged an aquarium in Argentina but the Maldives War prevented his dream from becoming a reality. In 1988, Lavia crossed the Atlantic Ocean in pursuit of his dream: a base was created in Lisbon, Portugal. On 3 August 1991, Lavia’s long-held dream became reality with the opening of Zoomarine, an oceanographic park in the Algarve. In 2005, Pedro Lavia witnessed the birth of Zoomarine Rome, a facility located in his family’s original country.

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