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

Johnny is an older dolphin who lived several years in isolation in a shallow pool at the Melka Excelsior Hotel in North Bali. During his time as a performing dolphin, he lost his eyesight and all of his teeth, and his right pectoral fin was permanently damaged. Since his rescue and relocation 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. Never again will he have to perform tricks for food or be confined in a concrete tank. Adopt Johnny today to help provide for his care!

Adopt Johnny

More on Johnny's Story

Captured in the Java Sea, Indonesia, Johnny is an older dolphin who lived several years in isolation inside a shallow swimming pool at the Melka Excelsior Hotel in North Bali. Crowds of people bought tickets to swim with him, and those were the only times he had any company. To make the water appear clean to paying customers, hotel staff added chlorine and other harmful chemicals. This hurt Johnny’s eyes so badly, he went blind. In addition, Johnny has no teeth left, and his right pectoral fin has been permanently damaged. When we first found him, he was also critically underweight. Johnny was destined to spend the rest of his life trapped in the tank, performing for tourists and other guests.

On October 8, 2019, we rescued Johnny from the hotel and transported him to our facility. Under our 24/7 expert care, 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. Johnny’s diet consists of high-quality fresh fish, and he is gaining weight and strength. The healing properties of a diet consisting of high-quality fresh fish, along with real ocean water are having a positive effect: Johnny often expresses his joy with energetic jumps, and he spends much time swimming, diving, and playing. We are continuing to evaluate Johnny for potential release, and are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure the rest of his life is filled with peace and dignity. Adopt Johnny today to help provide for his care!

Adopt Johnny

Rocky in floating sea pen, Bali, Indonesia.

ROCKY

Rocky was captured in the Java Sea, and spent years as a performing dolphin in a shallow, heavily chlorinated pool at the Melka Excelsior Hotel in North Bali. Since his rescue and relocation to the Umah Lumba Center, he has since gained weight and strength, and loves to participate in boisterous, energetic play. Never again will he have to perform tricks for food or experience confinement in a concrete tank. Our 24/7 expert team of veterinarians and caregivers are currently evaluating Rocky for possible release. Adopt Rocky today to help provide for his care!

Adopt Rocky

More on Rocky's Story

When Rocky was captured in the Java Sea several years ago, he lost everything that makes life worth living for a dolphin: his family, his world of sound, and the ability to swim freely in a vast ocean world. Rocky spent several years incarcerated in a shallow, heavily chlorinated swimming pool at the Melka Excelsior Hotel in North Bali. He was trained to obey commands and perform in theatrical shows that attract crowds of fun-seeking holiday makers. In between repetitive, rowdy shows, Rocky spent much time logging on the surface, and could only swim a few feet before a wall stopped him. Confinement in such barren, unnatural surroundings took a heavy toll on Rocky’s well-being, and his future looked bleak and hopeless.

Thankfully, we were able to rescue Rocky on August 5, 2019, and transported him to a temporary floating sea enclosure in Sanur. In December 2019 Rocky was transported from Sanur to our facility. Here, in the crystal-clear waters of our spacious sea pen, he is once again enjoying the natural rhythms and sounds of the sea. Rocky is benefitting from the healing properties of natural sea water and is gaining weight and strength. Rocky loves to participate in boisterous, energetic play, and he especially loves to swim fast. Never again will he have to perform tricks for food or experience confinement in a minuscule concrete tank. Our 24/7 expert team of veterinarians and caregivers are currently evaluating Rocky for possible release. Adopt Rocky today to help provide for his care!

Adopt Rocky

Rambo, Bali Dolphin Sanctuary, Bali, Indonesia

RAMBO

Rambo is a younger dolphin who was captured in the Java Sea, and spent years as a performing dolphin in a small, heavily chlorinated pool at the Melka Excelsior Hotel in North Bali. Since his rescue and relocation to the Umah Lumba Center, he has since gained weight and strength, and loves to participate in boisterous, energetic play. Never again will he have to perform tricks for food or experience confinement in a concrete tank. Our 24/7 expert team of veterinarians and caregivers are currently evaluating Rambo for possible release. Adopt Rambo today to help provide for his care!

Adopt Rambo

More on Rambo's Story

Rambo was torn from his family and pod members in the Java Sea during a capture several years ago. He was confined to a shallow chlorinated swimming pool at the Melka Excelsior Hotel in North Bali for the purposes of entertaining crowds of tourists during loud theatrical performances. Rambo shared a tank with a dolphin named Gombloh, and the two dolphins formed a close friendship. Sadly, Gombloh took his last breath on August 3, 2019, just two days before we were able to rescue and relocate Rambo. Hotel staff found Gombloh’s lifeless body in the same tank where Rambo was confined.

We rescued Rambo on August 5, 2019 and transported him to a temporary floating sea enclosure in Sanur. In the following weeks, Rambo gained weight and strength, and in December 2019 Rambo was transported to our facility. There will be no more languishing in a small, barren concrete world, and no more theatrical dolphin shows to perform. All of that is behind him. Rambo is a younger dolphin who appears to be in good health, highly energetic and full of life. He is enjoying the healing benefits of natural sea water and the ability to dive and swim. Our 24/7 expert team of veterinarians and caregivers are currently evaluating Rambo for possible release. 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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