Save Imprisoned Wild Dolphins


Target: The Indonesian Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan

Goal: Free four wild dolphins being kept in a small, chlorinated pool.

Indonesian citizens have been protesting the Wake Bali Adventure Resort since its first opening last year, and because they still have not changed the resort’s treatment or protocol of dolphins since then, it is time to speak out again. A similar facility was already shut down two years ago by the Minister, who then made a pledge to close down every other dolphin attraction site in the country. It’s time for him to follow his word and help us in our efforts to save these wild dolphins from cruel and harmful conditions.

Dolphins that have been kept in confined captivity for long spans of time cannot simply be returned to the wild. These animals will need professional rehabilitation and habitation, and the rescue center supported by the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry have no record of ever releasing their “rehabilitated” animals. The adjacent Komune Bali Resort at Karamas has no dolphins whatsoever and both owners actively support organizations that protect marine life. It is imperative that the dolphins at Wake Bali Adventure Resort be turned over to a responsible center that will do its best to meet their needs.

Tell the Minister of Forestry to act on his own word and save these intelligent animals from cruelty and mistreatment.


To the Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan:

In August of 2013, you vowed to ban all dolphin attraction sites from the country of Indonesia, and yet more have continued to spread. For an entire year, Wake Bali Adventure Resort has held four wild dolphins captive in a confined pool of chlorinated water. Chlorine releases ammonia into the animal’s living environment and will eventually cause serious chemical burns that can become deadly. These animals have been taken from their homes and are now being tortured for the fleeting entertainment of tourists and vacationers.

Dolphins are incredibly intelligent creatures. They have advanced communication skills and have developed remarkable problem-solving skills.  Treating a mammal of this intelligence the way the dolphins at the Wake Bali Adventure Resort have been treated is the equivalent of abusing a human toddler. As the Minister of Forestry, you have taken the responsibility of these animal’s lives and well-being into your own hands. These creatures have been cruelly mistreated and psychologically damaged, and it will take time for them to heal before they are simply cast back out to the wild. I urge you to please save these animals from exploitation and return them to their rightful homes.


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Photo credit: Scott Kalman

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  1. Minister Hasan – prove to the world and to your countrymen that you are a man of honour, and that you keep your word – and close down this dolphin attraction site, and set the dolphins free, as you pledged.

  2. Nena Miller says:

    These intelligent creatures probably feel ill and certainly are being driven mentally ill with this man made torture. People who encourage these attractions by participating in them are ignorant to these animals true needs. Why does man think every creature is in this earth to be exploited? No one has the right to make money off of these animals; they didn’t “belong” to this resort. They were stolen from their homes, much as slaves. They are being kept for a lifetime in hell.

  3. Stan Benton says:

    This is pretty disgusting, and has been going on for too long now. Isn’t it time to shut down the Wake Bali Adventure Resort?!?

  4. Heather Brophy says:


  5. I won’t ever return to Bali. I found the people to be some of the cruelest to animals I have ever come across. This re enforces my belief….

  6. Linda Fry says:

    Please find a way to stop this every day of the year we hear of cruelty to animals please this has to stop

  7. UNCONSCIONABLE! UNNECESSARY! IMMORAL! PLEASE do the right thing and return these precious animals to their habitat.

  8. Mark Cross says:

    Tourist who have their photos with these Dolphins should be named and shamed!

  9. Sharon klakken says:

    This must stop

  10. let these dolphins go you heartless Bastards

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