dolphins go-free

Azorean sea sanctuary and RESCUE CENTER

Mission

Our mission is to provide a humane solution for the re-location and rehabilitation of dolphins currently kept in captivity.

Team

A Belgian based non-profit organization with an international team of experts and scientists, all with one goal in mind.

Sea Sanctuary

The Azores offer the perfect conditions for the animals to be rehabilitated again to their natural environment.

About the project

Provide a humane solution for the re-location and rehabilitation of dolphins currently kept in captivity in marine facilities

The Azorean Dolphin Sea Sanctuary & Rescue Center Project aims to create a permanent marine refuge for the rehabilitation of dolphins that currently live in marine parks (worldwide there are around 3000 dolphins kept in captivity, of which approximately 300 are in Europe). The facility will be equipped with an ideal infrastructure in which to receive dolphins, and will include medical-care pools, separation pools and a well-equipped research center, which will also make it a suitable recovery center for stranded animals such as marine mammals and sea-turtles in the region.

The goal is to prepare the dolphins, if their mental, social and physical capabilities allow it, for a release back into their natural environment. For this ultimate phase we are establishing several contacts in the Caribbean, as most dolphins living in European marine parks originate from there, and thus should be released in that area.

In short, the project aims at providing a humane solution for the re-location and rehabilitation of dolphins currently kept in captivity in marine facilities, that are either closing or reducing their cetacean population.