Adopt A Dolphin

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

At the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center in Bali, Indonesia – the first and only permanent dolphin rehabilitation, release and retirement facility for formerly performing dolphins – rescued, stranded and confiscated dolphins will have a chance to rehabilitate under our experienced 24/7 team and be evaluated for possible release.
Rambo and Rocky have now returned to open waters. Post-release, our work is intensive: from Argos satellite tracking and monitoring the dolphins by boat, preparation for future rescues, ongoing maintenance of the Umah Lumba Center, and community outreach efforts, campaign costs are significant.
Your symbolic adoption of Rambo or Rocky will help offset their post-release expenses. In addition, your support will help ensure that the Umah Lumba Center remains open for other dolphins for years to come.
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 gained weight and strength, and is again enjoyed 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. On September 3, 2022 the gate at the Umah Lumba Center was opened, and Johnny, Rocky and Rambo swam out towards the open ocean. From post-release tracking, to preparing for future rescues, there is still much work to be done. Adopt Rocky today to help support these efforts!

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 rehabilitated 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. On September 3, 2022 the gate at the Umah Lumba Center was opened, and Johnny, Rocky and Rambo swam out towards the open ocean. From post-release tracking, to preparing for future rescues, there is still much work to be done. Adopt Rambo today to help support these efforts!

Adopt Rambo

HOW YOUR SUPPORT HELPS

Boat Fuel

Dolphin Project team and Bali Police Marine Unit begin post-release tracking of the dolphins, West Bali, Indonesia

Gasoline for the boats monitoring the dolphins, along with digital tracking costs are projected to be between $7500 and $10,000 monthly.

Argos Satellite Tracking

GPS tracking device shown on dolphins. Credit: DolphinProject.com

For one year following their release, state-of-the-art Argos satellite tracking will be used monitor the dolphins.

Maintenance

drone image of the umah lumba center

The Umah Lumba Center’s seapens will always remain open and be fully staffed, should the dolphins choose to return. The Center will also always be ready to accept future rescues.

Staffing

Post-release, will have their hands full with monitoring the dolphins by boat, engaging in local education and outreach efforts and preparing for potential future rescues.

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!

 

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 and only 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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