16,425 Days a Slave!

Lolita at the Miami Seaquarium since 1970

Ian W. McGee

Palace Entertainment, a California-based amusement park company, with 51 theme parks worldwide, now owns the lone Orca "Lolita" from the Miami Seaquarium (MSQ). This is an OPPORTUNITY to ask that "Lolita" be released back into the waters of her birth– a request that has been repeatedly denied by MSQ's current owners. Read more about Lolita...

You Can Help Lolita!

August 8, 2016 marks the 46th anniversary of the historic Penn Cove Massacre, an incident when five Orcas drowned as Lolita was taken from her family. Lolita has endured tragedy without the company of another Orca for most of her nearly 16,425 days of performing at the Miami Seaquarium.

"The ownership of the Miami Seaquarium now spans two large corporations (Palace Entertainment and Parques Reunidos listed below) and a holding company that just wants to sell them both at a good price. To them Lolita is an asset to sell, but if enough people know that Palace Entertainment is responsible for Lolita's continued incarceration, keeping her may become more of a liability to their image and reputation, and they might be more inclined to help her retire as other pressures mount." Here's a good way to let them know we know.*

THREE options for your letter to Palace Entertainment:

1) It would be most effective, and we encourage and will very gladly accept any personalized letters from individuals or groups to include in our package to Palace Entertainment.

If you wish to write your own letters, please print and send your own personalized letters to:

Origami Whales Project
P.O. Box 864
Carpinteria, CA 93014

It's best to use your own words. All are welcome to copy & paste any or all portions of our sample letter, then edit as you wish with your additional comments. And please remember to be POLITE for her freedom. We all LOVE Lolita, and can help her through LOVE & POSITIVE VISIONS!

Click here for additional resource links / Talking points of Your Letter

2) We will collect and print your letters to send together in a large package to Palace Entertainment.


 3) Would you like to help by collecting more letters for Lolita?

Ask your family, friends, and co-workers to participate! Bring a bunch of letters to an event! Click here to download 3 pages of photos & information to readily explain Lolita’s story, retirement plan for her, and our campaign for her. Grab a clipboard, and you're set! Then send the whole batch of letters to the Origami Whales Project at the address above. Print as many copies as you’d like (5, 15, 25, ...50!). And please be sure participants complete name, mailing address (at least city and zip code), and sign to validate the letter.

Click here to download information about Lolita, the retirement plan for her, and our
“16,425 Days a Slave” campaign.

Our goal to deliver a large package containing 16,425 printed letters to commemorate the 16,425 days that Lolita has been kept in captivity may seem ambitious. But together we can do this.


Tell Palace Entertainment (owners of the Miami Seaquarium) that it is time for Lolita to be granted retirement to her home waters.

Your full name and mailing address (residential address not required) is required to VALIDATE this letter. All information will remain CONFIDENTIAL, and will not be used for any purpose commercial or otherwise.

Share this LIST to Boycott

Please share our action page for Lolita and this LIST to Boycott ALL theme parks owned by Palace Entertainment / Parques Reunidos


22 Palace Entertainment U.S. Parks:


  • Castle Park, Riverside
  • Raging Waters, Sacramento
  • Raging Waters, San Dimas
  • Raging Waters, San Jose
  • Waterworld California, Concord
  • Boomer’s, Palm Springs
  • Boomer’s, Vista


  • Lake Compounce, Bristol


  • Miami Seaquarium, Miami


  • Malibu Grand Prix, Norcross
  • Mountasia, Marietta


  • SeaLife Park, Oahu

New Hampshire

  • Story Land, Glen
  • Water Country, Portsmouth

North Carolina

  • Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe, Greensboro

New York

  • Splish Splash, Long Island
  • Boomer’s, Long Island


  • Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster
  • Idlewild & SoakZone, Ligonier
  • Kennywood, Pittsburgh
  • Sandcastle, Pittsburgh


  • Noah’s Ark, Wisconsin Dells

29 International Parks - Parques Reunidos

Aquarium Mar del Plata

Bobbejaanland -Lichtaart


Marineland/Kid’s Island/Aquasplash

Movie Park




Bo Sommarland


  • Selwo Marina Dolphinarium
  • Selwo Aventura
  • Aquopolis Costa Dorada Spain
  • Aquopolis Cullera
  • Aquopolis Torrevieja
  • Aquopolis San Fernando de Henares Spain
  • Aquopolis Villanueva de la Canada
  • Aquopolis Sevilla
  • Aquopolis Cartaya
  • L’Oceanografic
  • Teleferico Madrid
  • Teleferico Benalmadena
  • Parque Warner Spain
  • Zoo Aquarium of Madrid
  • Parque Attractions
  • Faunia


  • Lakes Aquarium - Cumbria
  • Blackpool Zoo - Lancashire
  • Bournemouth Oceanarium - Bournemouth

* from Howard Garrett, Orca Network

Origami Whales Project



Would you like to call Palace Entertainment?

Click here for suggested key points

Phone contact info:

1 (949) 261-0404

to select voicemail box:

Fernando Eiroa, CEO

Russell Owens, CFO

Michael Baroni, General Counsel & Secretary

Rolf Paegert, COO

Gregg Borman, SVP, Family Entertainment Centers

Bill Lentz, VP, Water Parks

Albert Cabuco, VP, Food & Beverage

Michele Wischmeyer, VP, Marketing

Funding is needed for continued campaigns, outreach, and future exhibits of the Origami Whales Project.

Your tax-deductible contribution will help the Origami Whales Project continue to raise awareness through campaigns, exhibit and outreach, educating and empowering children and adults, who all are invited to participate in our large scale public environmental art projects.

Peggy Oki #OWP

Thank you for your consideration and support!

Peggy Oki
Origami Whales Project Founder & Director, "Let's Face It" Visual Petition campaign coordinator