Adopt A Dolphin

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

By adopting a dolphin, you can help ensure Rocky, Rambo and Johnny receive 24-7 care by our expert team of veterinarians and caregivers. The dolphins are being closely monitored, and are presently being evaluated for possible release.

The dolphins are rehabilitating at the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center in Banyuwedang Bay, West Bali, Indonesia – the first ever permanent dolphin rehabilitation, release and retirement facility for formerly performing dolphins.

WHAT YOU’LL GET

With a recommended minimum donation of $25, you’ll receive an electronic adoption kit, including: a personalized adoption certificate suitable for framing, gorgeous underwater photos, biographical information, a dolphin fact sheet, a dolphin warrior booklet, and quarterly updates!

 

adopt a dolphin certificates

ABOUT THE DOLPHINS

Johnny in floating sea pen, Bali, Indonesia.

JOHNNY

Captured in the Java Sea, Johnny was carted from town to town, and forced to perform in a plastic pool in Indonesia’s traveling circus. His next stop was a heavily chlorinated swimming pool in the Melka Excelsior Hotel in North Bali, where, for many years, this older dolphin was held in isolation. Johnny’s captivity caused him great suffering, including vision loss in one eye, skin damage and an injury to his right pectoral fin. He was also critically underweight. In 2019, we rescued Johnny and transported him to the Umah Lumba Center. He has since gained weight and strength, and spends his days exploring the large sea pen, where he experiences the natural rhythms and sounds of the sea. Our 24/7 expert team of veterinarians and caregivers are currently re-assessing Johnny for possible release back into the wild. Adopt Johnny today to help provide for his care!

Adopt Johnny

Rocky in floating sea pen, Bali, Indonesia.

ROCKY

Imagine being captured from the wild, then forced to perform in one of the world’s most abusive shows – the traveling dolphin circus. That’s what happened to Rocky. But it didn’t end there. After spending years as a circus performer, he was then sold to the Melka Excelsior Hotel in North Bali, where, for 10 years, he was confined to a small swimming pool interacting with an endless stream of tourists. Since we rescued Rocky in 2019, here, in the crystal clear waters of the Umah Lumba Center, he has gained weight and strength, and is once again enjoying the natural rhythms and sounds of the sea. Our 24/7 expert team of veterinarians and caregivers have evaluated Rocky for release back into the wild and it would appear he is a good candidate. Adopt Rocky today to help provide for his care!

Adopt Rocky

Rambo, Bali Dolphin Sanctuary, Bali, Indonesia

RAMBO

It’s hard to envision the suffering endured by Rambo, violently captured from the ocean and forced to perform in Indonesia’s notorious traveling dolphin circus. If that wasn’t enough, this young dolphin was then confined inside a small swimming pool in the Melka Excelsior Hotel in North Bali, and, day after day, was forced to perform for paying tourists during loud theatrical shows. Since his rescue in 2019, Rambo continues to rehabilitate at the Umah Lumba Center and has transformed into a highly energetic individual that is full of life. Our 24/7 expert team of veterinarians and caregivers have evaluated Rambo for release back into the wild and it would appear he is a good candidate. Adopt Rambo today to help provide for his care!

Adopt Rambo

HOW YOUR SUPPORT HELPS

Fish


Our dolphins require approximately 8 kilos of fish per day! They were malnourished when they first arrived, so we are monitoring their weight closely.

Veterinary Care

Dewa and Johnny will always need medical care and attention, and we are committed to providing them with that for the rest of their lives.

Our dolphins will always need specialized care and routine veterinary visits and bloodwork to ensure they are able to heal and thrive.

Round the Clock Care

Our caretaking and veterinary team is hard at work monitoring the health and well-being of all four dolphins.

Our care team is onsite 24/7 to ensure that the dolphins remain safe and have all their needs met. We’re proud of our hardworking crew who have worked so hard to make the facility a reality.

Facilities

Ric O’Barry watches as Rambo plays in his temporary enclosure, no longer exploited as “entertainment.”

We are continuing to add improvements to our facility to benefit our dolphins, and to prepare for the possibility of new arrivals.

About the Facility

Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center

Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center

The Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center in Banyuwedang Bay, West Bali, Indonesia is the first ever permanent dolphin rehabilitation, release and retirement facility for formerly performing dolphins. In September 2019, BKSDA Bali Forestry Department and the Ministry of Forestry initiated the idea. Working with local partners Jakarta Animal Aid Network to supply the manpower and Dolphin Project to provide the financial support and supervision, the Umah Lumba Center was built. (“Umah Lumba” means “dolphins” in Balinese.)

The facility is designed to stabilize recently confiscated dolphins from captive facilities, or stranded or injured dolphins, return them back to health and to assess whether they are candidates for readaptation and release.

Make a Gift of Regular Support

Help ensure that our rescued dolphins will live the rest of their lives in safety and dignity by becoming a recurring donor today!

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.

Bali Dolphin Sanctuary Partners

Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible as authorized by law.

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