Sanctuary Seeks Seal Expert

The National Seal Sanctuary, Gweek is searching for a new seal expert.

After more than 5 years as the Sanctuary’s Curator, Dr. Glenn Boyle is stepping down from his position to start a new life with his family in Canada.

During the 6 seasons that Dr. Boyle has been in charge, the Sanctuary has received more than 200 young grey seal pups, with over 90% surviving to be able to return to the wild. In addition, he has introduced and overseen many new developments at the Sanctuary, including numerous capital projects, new resident species, as well as innovations in animal training and husbandry, and post-release monitoring of seal pups.

Dr. Glenn Boyle

“Over the last 5 years, the National Seal Sanctuary’s international reputation for excellence in seal rehabilitation has continued to grow, and I have been very fortunate and proud to be part of this work,” said Dr. Boyle. “The ongoing success of the programme is a true credit to the hard work and dedication of our animal care staff and volunteers.” Dr. Boyle’s contributions to the Sanctuary are acknowledged by his co-workers. “Glenn’s knowledge, expertise and drive have contributed to many developments and improvements at the Sanctuary in recent years,” said Sarah Vine, Sanctuary Manager. “His considerable international experience in seal rehabilitation, husbandry and facilities management over the last 18 years will make it hard to fill his shoes, which is why the Sanctuary is advertising nationwide to recruit a suitable replacement.”

Glenn will be returning with his family to his adopted nation, Canada, where he will continue to pursue his international work with pinnipeds (seals, fur seals, sea lions and walruses) by developing the Seal Trust, a non-profit organisation dedicated to pinniped research, conservation and education initiatives.

“The Seal Trust will be working alongside the National Seal Sanctuary in future to improve awareness and promote understanding of the many threats facing these animals and their marine environment around the world,” said Dr. Boyle.

With mixed feelings about the move, he added, “My family and I have had a wonderful time here, and take with us many treasured memories. We will miss the special hospitality and community spirit that makes Cornwall such a special place to live.”

For more details, please contact Dr Glenn Boyle or Rachael Vine on 01326 221361.

Press Release date: 19th February 2007

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