For nearly 53 years, Dolphin Project has been dedicated to the welfare and protection of dolphins worldwide. Founded by Richard O’Barry in 1970, our mission remains the same as it was all those years ago: Let’s Protect Dolphins Together.
But protecting dolphins goes beyond these majestic mammals – it also means conserving their environments. It should come as no surprise then, that Dolphin Project’s birthday falls on Earth Day, which in 2023, is also 53 years young.
This spring, we’re calling on all Dolphin Defenders across the globe to take an action for the earth – which of course, includes dolphins.
April 22 – Dolphin Project Celebrates its 53rd Birthday
Did you know that Dolphin Project is the longest-running, anti-captivity dolphin welfare organization in the world!
Dolphin Project has achieved many important victories for dolphins over the years, including bringing the world’s attention to the brutal drive hunts taking place along the coast of Taiji, Japan, as seen in the 2009 Academy Award-winning feature documentary The Cove, successfully shutting down the barbaric traveling dolphin circus in Indonesia, and helping to establish the world’s first and only permanent dolphin rehabilitation, release and retirement facility for formerly captive dolphins, the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center in Bali, Indonesia.
Learn more about our Community Outreach work in Indonesia.
April 22 – Earth Day: Invest In Our Planet
What we do matters, no matter how great or small
For the second year in a row, the Earth Day theme is focused on engagement, calling on governments, institutions, businesses, and citizens to do their part. Choose what most moves you, and then take an action.
May 13 and 14 – Empty the Tanks Worldwide Event
May all beings be wild and free
Join advocates all over the world and be a voice for the voiceless! This May 13 and 14 during the Empty the Tanks Worldwide Event, participate in-person or online and help educate others on the detriments of dolphin captivity.
Advocate for Dolphins All Year Long
Get creative for dolphins!
One of the easiest ways to offer support is through fundraising – not only does it help raise needed funds for our programs, but it helps spread the word about our work to friends, family, and co-workers.
Hosting peaceful and educational demonstrations at any point during the year are great ways to advocate for an end to cetacean captivity.
Featured image: Frolicking wild bottlenose dolphin, Florida. Credit: Gwen McKenna