Coffs Harbour tourist attraction Dolphin Marine Magic was relaunched as Dolphin Marine Conservation Park this week.
“The new name more closely conveys what the park is about and reflects the original philosophy that drives our wildlife park,” Managing Director Terry Goodall said.
Over the past 50 years, the park teams have rescued and released thousands of animals. In the last two years alone, team members have been called out to assess 65 marine animals in distress. In most cases, staff were able to monitor without intervention or treat at the rescue site enabling the animals to continue on their way. About 165 animals received medical attention at the park’s rehabilitation centre. Wildlife patients included 64 birds, 102 turtles, two sharks, one sea snake and a seal.
The marine wildlife park first opened to the public on Boxing Day in 1970 primarily as a rescue, rehabilitation and release operation for local aquatic fauna and wildlife. Over the next 40 years it experienced significant change and in 2008 began operating under the trading name Dolphin Marine Magic. Now, 10 years on and approaching its 50th anniversary at the end of this year, the Pet Porpoise Pool Pty Ltd is paying homage to its roots by relaunching as Dolphin Marine Conservation Park.
The rescue and rehabilitation work will continue in conjunction with the Charitable Trust, Dolphin Marine Rescue & Animal Rehab Trust which has been active under the name Coffs Harbour Animal Rescue Trust since 2014. Dolphin Marine Conservation Park will now work more closely with them and support with resources, a workspace and a location for their wildlife hospital.
As the nephew of founder Hec Goodall, Terry Goodall has a compelling, personal incentive to ensure that Dolphin Marine Conservation Park continues the vital work it commenced 50 years ago.
“I am proud to carry on Hec’s work and ensure that his dream and legacy continues to prosper and grow. Our goal is to continue to delight and educate visitors but more importantly, build our reputation and capacity as a vital rescue and rehabilitation facility for stranded, injured and sick marine fauna and wildlife. The facility will be expanded under the operation of Dolphin Marine Rescue and Animal Rehab Trust working hand in hand with Dolphin Marine Conservation Park. More details about this exciting initiative will be announced later this year, " he said.
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