Bali: All four dolphins, since being moved from the notorious pools at the Melka Hotel, are adjusting to their new lives. Rocky, Rambo, Johnny and Dewa no longer perform to survive; instead, they are rehabilitating in natural seawater and away from the public eye.
Our caretaking and veterinary team are continuously monitoring the dolphins. Johnny is improving and adapting nicely to his new living conditions. Dewa is of special concern as he continues to suffer from the psychological effects of his prior captivity. Before confiscation, Dewa’s body was covered with wounds suffered from attempts to jump out of his pool. We are very happy to report that his physical condition has greatly improved, and we hope that he will recover emotionally as well.
Rocky and Rambo continue to thrive. Both have gained weight and enjoy being fed fresh fish without having to perform tricks. Clearly they are benefitting from each other’s company. A second facility next to Johnny and Dewa is ready to accept Rocky and Rambo (who have, until now, been held in temporary care). Plans are being made to relocate these two dolphins into the facility, and for the first time, all four dolphins will recover at the Bali Dolphin Sanctuary.
Dolphin Project is committed to the ongoing care of all four dolphins. Please consider making a donation on their behalf so they can live their lives in peace and dignity.
Featured image: Johnny and Dewa rehabilitate in the Bali Dolphin Sanctuary, Indonesia. Credit: DolphinProject.com
The Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center and Camp Lumba Lumba Readaptation and Release Center form an incredible partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, BKSDA Bali, Dolphin Project, Jakarta Animal Aid Network, Karimunjawa National Park and the West Bali National Park. Together, we built Umah Lumba, the world’s only permanent dolphin rehabilitation, release and retirement facility for previously captive dolphins and Camp Lumba Lumba, the world’s first permanent facility dedicated to the readaptation and release of dolphins in Kemujan, Karimun Jawa. Ric O’Barry, Founder/Director of Dolphin Project has pioneered readaptation for captive dolphins and has released a number of dolphins into the wild.