A Local Sanctuary For Local People!
The National Seal Sanctuary is going back to its roots to thank the people of Cornwall for their long-standing support.

The attraction is reverting to its original title The Cornish Seal Sanctuary, changing its signage and logo and introducing a new website. To coincide with the changeover, the Sanctuary has also issued an appeal for any old photo´s, videos or other memorabilia from its 54-year history to create a special gallery of past events.

Pupils from the local Boskenwyn Primary School are to help mark the changeover with a commemorative "time capsule" burial.
Cornish Seal Sanctuary
"We have asked the children to each write a few lines about their favourite Sanctuary resident, and to say what improvements to the Sanctuary they would like to see in the future," said manager Sarah Vine.

"It could be really interesting to unearth that capsule in 50 or 100 years time and see whether any of their suggestions have come to pass," she added.

A photograph and biography of the Sanctuary´s oldest living resident, 40-year-old Sheba the grey seal, will also be buried in the capsule.

One of Europe´s busiest seal rescue and rehabilitation centres, the Sanctuary has grown from a modest one-man operation launched by local man Ken Jones in St Agnes in 1958.

Ken´s solitary pool in St Agnes was soon too small to cope with the growing number of rescued pups arriving at his door, so he moved to the current facility in Gweek in 1975.

""Though we´re visited by people from all over Britain and even further afield, it has been the support of Cornish residents that has really fuelled our growth and enabled us to care for so many animals over the years," said Sarah.

"We´ve decided it is high time to formally recognise that support and once again acknowledge that we´re a Cornish attraction, and one that Cornish folk can be genuinely proud of."


The Boskenwyn school children placing their pictures and words about their favourite residents, plus future dreams for the Sanctuary into the commemorative time-capsule could provide a great picture opportunity.
Press release issued by: The Cornish Seal Sanctuary
For more details please contact: Kaylie Finn on 01326 221361
Date: 19th March 2012