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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..

Bianca

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..

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..

Stacey Grundy

Omg, what can I say except what an amazing experience we had on our visit. My 3 girls and I did a shallow water dolphin experience and it was the best! The trainer was very informative and so good with the kids. The kids played games with the dolphin, fed it and had photos. The funniest was my youngest who played the game where she splashed the dolphin and then it splashed her back 20 times as..

Trudy Newman

On Wednesday 10th April My husband and I bought our 4 year old grandaughter to your park. It was the best place that we could have bought her to. She learned so much in a smaller environment without the distractions of all the crowds and rides. Even at 4 she is passionate about keeping our oceans clean for our wildlife. She loved that she could interact with some of the animals and get to hand..

Shannon

My husband and I stopped at coffs harbour for a night on our way to the gold coast on out honeyhoneymoon. We went to the dolphin marine park while there , and had an amazing time , got photo's being kisses by a dolphin and seal and got to get in the pool with a dolphin and give it a cuddle which is a big dream off my bucket list. Would really love to win as we are doing the big trip again and ..

Leah Bauerhuit

I last was at dolphin marine magic about 9 years ago and ABSOLUTELY loved the animals.One of my children has seen the park but not my youngest.I would really appreciate to win this as we are coming to Coffs Harbour in February......Please kind regards Leah 😘😘😘..

Annabelle Guest

I first saw the park and I was amazed I never seen a dolphin and to swim with one was the best. once you got over the cold chill of the water it was like your in a paradise. in a heartbeat, id go there again any time. Thank you Annabelle, we hope to welcome you back to the park some time soon! DMM team :)..

Karen Purchase

I turned 50 in August and I used the money from my family and friends to tick off 2 of my bucket list, to touch a seal and a dolphin. My dreams came to when I booked myself into being ‘’Trainer for the Day”, I blew my mind as I got to see everything from behind the park and how well looked after each animal, I got to walk seals an their exercise, participate in the show (I was so excited I for..

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