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!
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!
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.