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Introducing Dolphin Marine Conservation Park

Introducing Dolphin Marine Conservation Park

Posted: 04-Feb-2019

Coffs Harbour’s leading tourist attraction, formerly known as Dolphin Marine Magic, today relaunched as Dolphin Marine Conservation Park.

“The new name more closely conveys what the park is about and reflects the original philosophy that drives our wildlife park, said Managing Director, Terry Goodall.

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 of these cases, staff were able to monitor without intervention or treat at the rescue site enabling the animals to continue on their way. 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 idea behind Dolphin Marine Conservation Park was first conceived in 1968 by Stanley (Hec) Goodall and a group of his close friends and supporters when they began as Pet Porpoise Pool Pty Ltd. 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 and relaunching as Dolphin Marine Conservation Park.

Dolphin Marine Conservation Park heralds a new chapter for the wildlife park. One which will proudly promote the rescue and rehabilitation work they support and the conservation and education programs and informational presentations conducted every day of the year.

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.

The Park is an iconic tourist attraction for Coffs Harbour and a significant revenue generator for the region bringing in millions of dollars each year. Hundreds of thousands of people have passed through the gates and been mesmerised by the animals the park has cared for over the years. Thousands of visitor reviews attest to the special place it holds in their memories.

Dolphin Marine Conservation Park uses a unique combination of up-close animal encounters, exhibits and talks and what’s called “edutaining” presentations to provide visitors with an insight into the lives and behaviours of the animals under their care.

Managing Director, Mr Terry Goodall summed it up, “The work we do helps people to understand better the marine environment and the animals that inhabit it and provides them with more knowledge and hopefully a renewed sensitivity to the world we share with them.”

The new management team at Dolphin Marine Conservation Park are confident that the park’s work is making a real difference. Their commitment to conservation and dedication to research and education includes supporting student projects, thesis work and combined research projects with many distinguished universities. They also pride themselves on strong working relationships with organisations such as NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services and animal rescue groups including WIRES and ORRCA.

As Hec Goodall’s nephew, 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, " said Terry Goodall



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Tami

I seen Bucky on sash on TV just now. What an amazing spirit. I feel blessed to be kissed by a trooper. Xoxo thank you Greg for sharing an amazing dolphin. I work with Fuji and I am glad we have a photo booth for people to keep the memories. Sometimes it is all you have. I love my kiss picture with Bucky. Thank you for your photo. Paige Sinclair CEO..

Katherine Thompson

This was my last visit to The pet Porpoise pool 35 years ago I was 7. we used to go every year when I was little and my grandmother getting kissed by a seal was the highlight of the day. I loved feeding the fairy penguins and my dream is to one day swim with the dolphins. I would love to win passes to marine magic to experience it again with my family. What great memories Katherine, we hope to w..

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My mum and I just spend the whole weekend at Pet Porpoise Pool, we travel from Tweed to Coffs just to see Buck and Zip, we love them and can't get enough. Already driven down 3 times this year, and every time it's amazing. And we loved seeing all 5 dolphins in the pool, Bella's a sneaky little thing! We got drenched by her plenty of times hahaha. Great to hear you enjoyed yourselves - Paige S..

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We visited last year and absolutely loved it! We had been to the Gold Coast and stopped over on the way home to Sydney. My 3 teenagers all agreed it was the best place we visited! We didn’t have time to swim with the dolphins but we are planning on returning this October and will allow more time. Thank you for a great experience Thank you Melissa, we hope to see you in October :)..

Rosalind Cocker

Hi my entry is not about having been there it is about wanting to see photos of my two beautiful grandchildren having fun there. We live in the U.K. our two gorgeous grandchildren EVELYN 7 and OLIVER 5 left our shores to a new life in Australia 5 years ago. It’s tough sending gifts as postal charges are so high. I saw this Park whilst looking for possible gifts I could book online for them. I ..

Kristy Atkins

This spectacular place is my absolute happy place and has been since the age of approx 10yrs of age . I moved to Coffs Harbour when I was 7. I met a dolphin for the first time and swam with them for the first time at the age of 10 and since then my passion has grown so much more . I am now 28 yrs old and living in Qld , my last memorable time was volunteering here at the park for 3+ months eve..

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Hi, I would like to thank all the staff, that made my families day at the park on mothers day. It started with we were running late, after having to wait for a table at the cafe. I took my 2 year old to get a dolphin kiss, my wife had to go finish feeding our 2 month old. The staff at the kisses waited longer for my wife, this was much appreciated. after spending a couple of hours here we had ..

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I visited with my then new boyfriend in 2012, we have since had twins, now aged 4, who we are bringing for a visit this year on October. I can’t wait to watch them get a dolphin and and seal kiss, and interact with the animals at the park, which was the highlights for me. We loved our past visit so mush as a couple, and can’t wait to visit again as a family to reminisce and share the experienc..

Karen

It was the most amazing experience. Your staff looked after our assistance dog at the front counter and she happily slept the whole time we were in the park. We found the shows to be so educational and informative of marine conservation and the size of the park was perfect for our children (both have autism) to be able to cope. We had booked in for a meet the seal and a shallow swim with the d..

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