Indonesia is home to tremendous marine biodiversity, but faces a challenging history of marine mammal exploitation. Dolphin Project is actively engaged at the community and governmental levels, providing education, infrastructure, and enforcement mechanisms to end the trafficking and slaughter of wild dolphins.
On October 8, 2019, Dolphin Project, in conjunction with our local partners, the Central Jakarta Forestry Department and JAAN established the world’s first permanent dolphin sanctuary. The Bali Dolphin Sanctuary is the first of its kind in the world to care for formerly captive dolphins. Rocky, Rambo, Johnny and Dewa, after being confiscated from the now-closed Melka Excelsior Hotel, were the first dolphins to be brought to the sanctuary.
Prior to the sanctuary being built, we constructed the world’s first permanent facility dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of dolphins in Kemujan, Karimun Jawa. Named Camp Lumba Lumba (lumba being the Indonesian word for dolphin), the rehabilitation center addresses the need for effective enforcement mechanisms of a law banning wild dolphin captures in Indonesia.
On February 5, 2020, after a decade of relentless campaigning against Indonesia’s traveling dolphin circus, the world’s cruelest dolphin show was shut down when the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in Indonesia decided not to renew its permits. While the traveling dolphin circus is no longer allowed to operate, Wersut Seguni Indonesia, the company responsible for the trade in wild dolphins, is still able to continue with dolphin performances at their permanent facility in Central Java. It is our understanding that between 20-30 dolphins are being held in captivity.
Dolphin Project will continue to monitor this situation to ensure that no dolphins are carted from town to town again. We will remain vigilant and ensure the law is being upheld. Dolphin Project will also continue to campaign to readapt Indonesia’s remaining captive dolphins and release those that are suitable candidates.
Please help today by taking the following action steps:
1. SEND A NOTE TO SITI NURBAYA BAKER, INDONESIA’S ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTRY MINISTER @siti.nurbayabakar, THANKING THE MINISTER FOR ENDING THE TRAVELING DOLPHIN CIRCUS.
2. SEND A NOTE TO JOKO WIDODO, PRESIDENT OF INDONESIA @jokowi, THANKING THE PRESIDENT FOR ENDING THE TRAVELING DOLPHIN CIRCUS.
3. PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A GIFT OF REGULAR SUPPORT TO THE BALI DOLPHIN SANCTUARY. HELP ENSURE THAT OUR RESCUED DOLPHINS WILL LIVE THE REST OF THEIR LIVES IN SAFETY AND DIGNITY BY BECOMING A RECURRING DONOR TODAY
5. TWEET USING HASHTAGS #FreeBaliDolphins