Howard is the only dolphin left in the tank, after his partner Mavis died in July.
He is the last of a group of four dolphins brought to the mall from Florida in 1985. Gary died in 2001 and Maria in 2000. As well, two of Maria's calves and three of Mavis' died. Animal experts have been concerned about Howard's solo status.
Julie Woodyer, with Zoocheck Canada, says they have approached the Dolphin Research Center in Florida, and it has agreed to take him.
Zoocheck is giving the West Edmonton Mall 48 hours to respond to their offer, but if it doesn't agree to send Howard to Florida, they will begin a lobbying campaign.
"To encourage Edmontonians to complete these postcards, which will be taken into the mall merchants," she said. "Asking the mall merchants to go the [owners] and specifically tell them that their business may be compromised as a result of the mall continuing this cruel practice of continuing to keep dolphins in the mall, particularly a lone dolphin."
(NB: See Also 1 - Expert says Edmonton Mall should review dolphin program - 24th July 2003 )
(NB: See Also 2 - Death of Mavis leaves Howard blue in lagoon - 24th July 2003 )