Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project

We’re donating $1 to Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project for every Bottlenose Dolphin Bracelet sold this month. Our donation will be used to fund the 24/7 care of three rescued dolphins at the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release, and Retirement Center in Banyuwedang Bay, West Bali.


Why 4ocean is partnering with Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project

The Dolphin Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the welfare and protection of dolphins worldwide. It was founded in 1970 by Ric O’Barry after his experience as a dolphin trainer for the Miami Seaquarium in the 1960s. There, he captured and trained dolphins for 10 years, including the five dolphins who played the role of Flipper on the American TV series. When Kathy, the main dolphin who portrayed Flipper, died in his arms, Ric left the industry and dedicated his life to raising awareness about the cruelty of the captivity industry while rescuing and rehabilitating captive dolphins around the world.

Now the longest-running dolphin welfare organization in the world, Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project has achieved many important victories for dolphins. The Cove, an Academy Award-winning documentary, brought attention to the brutal drive hunts taking place along the coast of Taiji, Japan. They continue to raise awareness about captivity as a cruel and outdated practice while working to rescue and rehabilitate captive dolphins all over the world.

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Our donation will be used to fund crucial dolphin rehabilitation programs


Rescue, rehabilitate, and release or retire

Our donation to Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project will be allocated to the ongoing maintenance and operating costs of the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release, and Retirement Center in Banyuwedang Bay, West Bali. “Umah lumah” means “dolphins” in Balinese.

The facility is a joint effort between the BKSDA Bali Forestry Department in Bali, Jakarta Animal Aid Network, and the Dolphin Project that’s designed to stabilize rescued dolphins, return them back to health, and assess whether they are candidates for readaptation and release.


Camp Lumba Lumba Readaptation and Release Center

Dolphins that are approved for release back into the wild are taken to Camp Lumba Lumba Readaptation and Release Center on the island of Karimun Jawa. This is the world’s first permanent facility dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of dolphins where the mammals are prepared for their return to their home range. This location was specifically chosen because the majority of dolphins were captured from the Karimunjawa National Park and releasing them here gives them the best chance of reuniting with their family pod.


The Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release, and Retirement Center

The Umah Lumba Center is the first-ever permanent rehabilitation, release, and retirement facility for recently confiscated dolphins from captive facilities, for abandoned dolphins from shuttered aquariums or marine parks, and for stranded or injured dolphins.

There are currently three dolphins being cared for at this facility — Rocky, Rambo, and Johnny — who were originally captured in the Java Sea. These dolphins spent several years living in a shallow, heavily chlorinated swimming pool in North Bali. Since their rescue, they have been relocated to the Umah Lumba Center where they can begin to heal.

Rocky, Rambo, and Johnny receive 24/7, round-the-clock care from the facility’s full-time veterinarian, caregivers, and security team who make every effort to ensure the dolphins live as naturally and independently as possible with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into the ocean.

However, not all dolphins are candidates for release. Dolphins that cannot be released will retire at the Umah Lumba Center in a safe and healing sea pen where they can live out the rest of their days in peace and dignity.

As the world’s first permanent dolphin rehabilitation, release and retirement facility in the world, the Umah Lumba Center must be a model of success. Ideally, it will act as a prototype for others to be built globally as demand for captive dolphins wanes.

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