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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..

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..

Jessica Harding

I’d love to thank Terry and his team today for all their help in making my Nan’s first time encountering a seal, a spectacular memory. My son had a dolphin encounter for his 11th birthday 8/12/18 so I thought I would get something nice done for my 90 year old nan. With struggling to walk and being elderly I emailed Terry and asked if he was able to help out in someway where we could beat the c..

Kellie

What a great park the animals are so friendly.. the shows are amazing really enjoy them.. the dolphins were awesome great day Thank you Kellie, so glad to hear :)..

Shannon

Thank you so much to the team at Dolphin magic, we had the BEST most MAGICAL time today. My 7 and 3 year old are still busy chatting about our visit, this really was a unforgettable experience and one I couldn’t recommend highly enough to both adults as well as kids. We live on the Gold Coast, but would take the 3.5 hour trip to Coffs again just to come to see Dolphin Magic!!! Oh tha..

Taquiah Lukaszewicz

Wow! What a thrilling and educating experience! The animals are all so beautiful and very well looked after ! Amazing to see such wonderful progress in helping out our sea life ! I did a ultimate experience and it was amazing! So many facts and encouragement on how to properly look after our environment , staff were amazing and just over all the best marine centre helping towards a better futu..

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