Whale rescue centre SOS Dolfijn moves to Landgoed Hoenderdaell
After searching for an ideal spot for years, SOS Dolfijn found a new location for their rescue centre in Anna Paulowna. Soon building of a specialist sanctuary for harbour porpoises and dolphins will start. The new rescue and educational centre will be opened in the first quarter of 2022 on Landgoed Hoenderdaell.
Whale rescue and educational centre
The SOS Dolfijn centre will be unique for Europe. In the centre, sick, weak or wounded dolphins and porpoises, that wouldn’t survive on their own, will be sheltered and rehabilitated. In the special intensive care unit they will receive the necessary medical care. After rehabilitation, which often lasts months, the animals will be released into the sea. Through big windows around the educational centre, the rehabilitation activities and the resident patients can be observed by Landgoed Hoenderdaell visitors, without disturbing the animals. The centre will also offer a permanent educational exposition on whales. Visitors can learn all about the whale species of the North Sea, their habitat and the need for protection of these animals.
SOS Dolfijn will remain an independent foundation, but by integrating into Landgoed Hoenderdaell efficiency will be improved and costs reduced. SOS Dolfijn will be able to use existing facilities like office and workshop space, technical services and a partly shared administration. Landgoed Hoenderdaell will also have animal keepers ready to help out in busy rescue times. A similar cooperation exists for with Stichting Leeuw, rescue centre for big cats..
Need for support
Several funds and foundations have put their trust in the project by donations, which made the build possible. But more support is needed. SOS Dolfijn hopes that people and businesses will be sympathetic towards the initiative and souls like to support this unique project. Enthousiastic people with free time to spare can apply to volunteer at the centre as animal keeper assistant, host/hostess or educational volunteer.
On this special action page anyone can donate a symbolical building brick through a gift.