Seal rescue hospital relaunched with the
help of Gillian Burke



The Cornish Seal Sanctuary celebrated the relaunch of their newly refurbished seal rescue hospital. Gillian Burke, a wildlife film maker and newest presenter on BBC´s much-loved Springwatch, joined the team to officially launch the hospital.

During the summer, the Sanctuary began the hospital refurbishment to improve and upgrade their seal rescue hospital. The process took 3 months and the team were delighted to launch the hospital and be able to showcase the improvements.
Seal rescue hospital relaunched with the help of Gillian Burke
Seal rescue hospital relaunched with the help of Gillian Burke Gillian Burke joined the Sanctuary team to officially launch the hospital and cut the ribbon. Born in Kenya, Gillian has lived and worked in Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

She now lives in Cornwall with her two children where, alongside her television work, she is actively involved in local community groups, initiatives and charities.
The work that has taken place may not be noticed by the Sanctuaries guests but the sanctuaries casualties of the sea will certainly benefit.

With the need to increase capacity and to address the normal wear and tear of 19 years of rehabilitation, the hospital has had a £50,000 investment and undergone the following refurbishments:-
Seal rescue hospital relaunched with the help of Gillian Burke
Seal rescue hospital relaunched with the help of Gillian Burke
  • Increased holding capacity
  • New seal pup kitchen
  • New walk in fridge
  • Brand new fibre glass roof
  • Modernisation of all pens and service areas
  • New fresh air system to each pen
  • Essential maintenance of pup pool pipework
  • Improved access for seal admissions and moves
  • Extension of seal team office
Gillian said "Yesterday´s Hurricane Ophelia, hitting right at the peak of the grey seal pupping season, is a timely reminder of why seals end up at the Seal Sanctuary. But of course, this is a natural event."

"Sadly, there are many (too many!) man-made reasons for why seals end up here too. The work at the Seal Sanctuary aims to turn these animals´ misfortunes into a positive, whereby visitors to the Sanctuary get a chance to see, up-close, Britain´s largest land-breeding carnivores."
Rescued seal pup - Demezla
Seal rescue hospital relaunched with the help of Gillian Burke "It´s a chance to engage the public with Cornwall´s incredible marine life and the challenges facing this rich habitat. Like all of us who work in conservation, no matter from what angle we come at it, the hope is that our work serves to reduce pollution and our human impact on the environment."

"This is an express aim of the work at the Seal Sanctuary and, as such, it´s an honour to have been asked to open the newly refurbished Seal Hospital."
The Sanctuary currently has 17 rescued seal pups in its care and with their brand new hospital, the team are able to help even more seal pups that may need them. Seal rescue hospital relaunched with the help of Gillian Burke


Press Release issued by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Georgina Shannon on 01326 221361
Issue Date: 19th October 2017


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