As countries move to ban orca captivity, China opens its first killer-whale breeding center

Feb 28, 2017 - Quartz

China is planning to breed more killer whales to feed the nation’s growing demand for zoos and theme parks.

Chimelong Group, one of the country’s biggest amusement park operators, opened the first ever breeding center for killer whales on Feb. 24 in the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom park in the southeastern city of Zhuhai, according to state media outlet Xinhua.

A total of nine whales, including five males and four females aged between five to 13, are kept in the breeding facility, acc...