There’s no better way to plan for a healthy future than to tend to today’s challenges.
In the village next to the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center in Banyuwedang Bay, West Bali, Indonesia – the first and only permanent dolphin rehabilitation, release and retirement facility for formerly performing dolphins – is a place where kids learn, and have fun doing so!
The Umah Lumba Education Center is a free school, but effective in its engaging methods of teaching. The children have much fun learning, while gaining an appreciation for their natural world. Here, over 45 students from the village come and learn about nature, animal welfare and protection, marine life and of course, dolphin conservation.
Recently, we organized a special tour for some of our students, visiting an amazing beach at a nearby island. Here, we conducted a beach clean-up and together, studied about mangroves and coral reefs. A soccer club was also started, bringing local children together who learn by doing.
We have received much appreciation and praise from the local village authorities who understand the efforts undertaken to run the Education Center.
Featured image: Students of the Umah Lumba Education Center participate in beach clean-up, Bali, Indonesia. Credit: DolphinProject.com
Across Indonesia, Dolphin Project has been educating on the importance of marine conservation, and of leaving wildlife wild! With the construction of the Umah Lumba Education Center in November 2020, we can continue reinforcing that dolphins are not entertainment, nor should marine environments be exploited.