Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Environment Fund
The Dolphin Discovery Centre Bunbury is a self-sustaining not for profit community organisation dedicated to the protection of marine animals and the conservation of their environment.
Our Vision is for a world where marine animals are free to swim the oceans without threat of injury or destruction of their habitat.
Every year we must raise over $300,000 to fund our life-saving Dolphin Rescue, Whale Stranding and Turtle Rehabilitation and other conservation programs through Tourism, Cafe & Conference Centre, grants and donations.
The Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected our ability to support these vital projects.
How do we help?
You Can Save a Dolphin Today
When the call comes in to report a dolphin in distress, our team of marine scientists and highly- trained volunteers rush into action. We know we may only have a few hours to reach a dolphin in trouble before they are overcome by their injuries.
Every year dolphins are reported hurt or in distress in our coastal waters. Whether entangled in abandoned fishing lines and hooks or being stranded on a sandbank, a Dolphin in distress needs help fast if they are to have any chance of survival. And tragically, it is often the youngest and most curious of our Dolphin calves that find themselves in most need of our help.
Since 1989, our teams have responded to over 150 calls of dolphins in distress.
Please, give a gift today to save the lives of injured Dolphins. Your donation will be used to fund our daily monitoring programs and essential equipment such as our research boat, cameras, hydrophones, and rescue trailers. You will also help fund the training of staff and volunteers as they carry out these life-saving rescues.
You can save a Dolphin today.
You Can Save a Whale Today
Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation
You Can Save a Turtle Today
Every year many hundreds of baby turtles are caught up in the Leeuwin Current and during winter storms find themselves at our shores, many thousands of miles away from home.
With no food, and cold temperatures, they will die without the support of our world-class turtle rehabilitation program.
Marine Turtles like the Loggerhead are critically endangered due to the destruction of their environment and pollution of the oceans. In the wild only 1 in 1000 hatchlings survives to adulthood.
For over 20 years our team has successfully rehabilitated hundreds of endangered marine turtles that become stranded along the West Australian coastline. Turtles are released back in the ocean after 6 – 24 months of care, when their chances of survival are greatly improved.
Your gift today will provide critical emergency treatment, a temporary home with us and 24/7 care until they are strong enough for release.
You can save a Turtle today.
You Can Protect the Koombana Bay Dolphins Today
Did you know that our team has been monitoring the Koombana Bay dolphins for over 30 years?
Our volunteers and staff have clocked up thousands of hours of observations, helping to build our understanding of dolphin behaviour and how humans impact the dolphin environment.
Our research led to the creation of the Sanctuary Zone – a place in the bay where dolphins can rest and socialise.
In 2007 we teamed up with Murdoch University to create the South West Marine Research Program. The program looks at the impact of human activity on the local dolphin population and assists industry partners in planning their activities to minimise impact on the marine environment.
Our research is helping protect the Dolphins who call Koombana Bay home. But it’s only possible with your support.
Your gift today will provide critical funds to continue our research program, helping us to ensure the health and wellbeing of our Dolphins is respected by everyone that moves through the bay.
You can protect the Koombana Bay Dolphins today.
Past & Present Research Projects
- Since the inception of the Dolphin Trust In 1989 dedicated volunteers and staff have recorded data 364 days per year on every dolphin observation. This has resulted in:
You Can Safeguard the Future of Our Oceans Today
Every year, thousands of children come through our doors, eager to learn more about the weird and wonderful creatures that call the Indian Ocean home. Our volunteers devote over 25,000 hours per year to educating children and adults on the marine environment and the many ways we can all help conserve and protect the diversity of our oceans. With your help we can expand our education program, giving more people the opportunity to learn about our delicate marine eco-system and safeguarding the diversity of our oceans for many generations to come. You can safeguard the future of our Oceans today. Past & Present Education Programs
Every year, thousands of children come through our doors, eager to learn more about the weird and wonderful creatures that call the Indian Ocean home.
Our volunteers devote over 25,000 hours per year to educating children and adults on the marine environment and the many ways we can all help conserve and protect the diversity of our oceans.
With your help we can expand our education program, giving more people the opportunity to learn about our delicate marine eco-system and safeguarding the diversity of our oceans for many generations to come.
You can safeguard the future of our Oceans today.
Past & Present Education Programs
Coral Propagation & Artificial Reef Seeding
You Can Build a Coral Reef Today
You might not know it but 3 miles off the Bunbury coast are two artificial reefs, built to improve the ocean environment for our complex fish and marine species. Healthy coral reefs are vital to the protection and support of our local marine wildlife but, across the world, these habitats are threatened by environmental pressure.
Our team of Marine Biologists, Aquarists and Volunteers are saving coral fragments from Busselton Pier and cultivate them in our Aquaroom and Science Lab before transplanting them onto the artificial reef.
You can build a coral reef today.
how can you help?
Please donate today, all donations of $2 or above are tax deductible – every donation whether big or small counts and is dedicated to our conservation efforts
- Become one of our environment ambassadors simply by fundraising through Facebook. Post about one of our projects and select the “Support Charity” or “Support Nonprofit” button. Search for “Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Environment Fund”.
- Consider us for a gift in your Will
- Bring us your trash. Believe it or not every can & bottle labeled with the 10c refund symbol will help contribute to our Environment Fund. Just drop your collection off to the Dolphin Discovery Centre Bunbury.