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Ranger Training with Flipper

G’Day, adventurers!

As an enthusiastic Park Ranger in Training, I’ve been busy learning as much as I can about working with wildlife from local Las Vegas habitats.


And as suggested by previous Best Jobs in the World winner, Ben Southall, I’ve been doing as much research as possible about Australian animals.


Lucky for me, I met an awesome lady who helped me get my feet wet with some marine mammal knowledge. :)

Hil & Sarah

My new friend and fellow shortlister, Sarah Cross, invited me out to The Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage to learn a thing or two about her favorite flippered friends.

I was incredibly excited about this because according to the Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC), there are fourteen different species of dolphin found in Australian waters, including two types of Bottlenose dolphins.

Sarah introduced me to her good friend, Cosmo, while she explained a bit about their pods.


Dolphins typically only give birth to one calf every 2-3 years and they are born tail-first. Calves usually stay with their mothers for 3-6 years, learning all the valuable skills they need for survival. They are incredibly social creatures and will normally travel in groups of 2-20. But with that being said, scientists have recorded pods with up to several hundred members.

Hil & Lightning

The biggest predators for wild dolphins are actually humans. Water pollution, commercial fishing, and boat traffic all pose serious threats to their populations and quality of life. You can do your part to help protect the dolphins in the wild by keeping your local beaches clean.

Sarah also emphasized the importance not interacting with wild dolphins. “People need to understand it’s against the law to approach, feed, or interact with marine mammals in US waters,” Sarah said. “If you see a dolphin, stay at least 100 yards away and make sure you don’t feed them.”


If you would like more information on The Marine Mammal Protection Act, click here.

Many thanks to Sarah Cross and The Mirage Dolphin Habitat for assisting in my Park Ranger Training! Please support Sarah for ‘Wildlife Caretaker’ by following this link and ‘liking’ her Facebook page! Let’s get #TeamVegas all the way Down Under!

Hil & Sarah Cosmo

And of course, big fishy thanks to Cosmo the dolphin for joining #TeamHilary for Park Ranger. Check out his awesome endorsement below. =)

Hilary Mirage Dolphin Habitat from Hilary Billings on Vimeo.



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    May 12, 2013

    Thanks for the info about staying 100 yards away for the dolphins’ protection. They are one of my fave animals, and I wasn’t aware of that. They are so rockin’ I would have tried to swim to them next time I’m in the ocean. Glad to know it’s better for them to be admired from a distance.

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      Hilary Billings

      May 12, 2013

      I know! I wasn’t aware of that either! They always look so friendly when they’re out in the water, you’d think they’d just be ‘used’ to interacting with humans… Or so movies tell me so. I’m so thankful for Sarah’s knowledge and willingness to share with me! Let’s spread the word!

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    May 12, 2013

    I’m a little late coming into the support crowd, but you totally rocked this girl! And posted my endorsement on the Aus Working Holiday Facebook page :) get down under and find some dolphins – I did a “dolphin cruise” near Sydney once and didn’t see a single one!

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      Hilary Billings

      May 16, 2013

      Thank you so much! Unfortunately, it didn’t work out, but that’s okay. More great things to come I’m sure. =)

      Wow, that would be disappointing! Was it a fun cruise regardless? Or do they give you your money back if you don’t see dolphins? Haha!

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    May 18, 2013

    ohhhh …super photo and blog !!!!! really !!!!

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      Hilary Billings

      May 19, 2013

      Thank you so much! I’m glad that you enjoyed it. =)

      Do you like dolphins? Do you have a favorite ocean animal?

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        May 20, 2013

        Yeap …. i love all animals :D But …. dolphins and cats is my favorite animal :)

        My English is not perfect :D

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          May 29, 2013

          That’s okay. Sometimes I don’t speak in perfect English either. =)

          Dolphins are so much fun! When I was younger I wanted to be a dolphin trainer. =) Thanks for sharing and commenting!

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