Cornish Seal Sanctuary treats animals to visit from their teams pets to get them used to visitors again


Each year, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary welcomes over 100,000 guests through their doors to meet their rescued seal pups and resident animals.

For the first time in over 60 years, the Sanctuary has had to close its doors for the past two and a half months due to the necessary lockdown.
Cornish Seal Sanctuary treats animals to visit from their teams pets to get them used to visitors again
Aayla With the Sanctuary having no guests walking around, the animals have definitely noticed the difference like one of their grey seals Aayla (photo left) who loves to people watch from the underwater viewing area.

The team have been working around the clock to provide lots of extra enrichment and fun for the animals to keep them healthy, happy and entertained.
With ideas running out, the staff at the Sanctuary decided to bring their dogs in to say hello to the seals and to remind them of what it is like when the Sanctuary is open.

The animals were very intrigued to see dogs again on site and enjoyed interacting with them.
Cornish Seal Sanctuary treats animals to visit from their teams pets to get them used to visitors again
Professional flautist Claire Rowe The team have also been playing music over the speaker system to help to keep the residents calm and happy. This follows research conducted at the Sanctuary by student Mati Skerrit, in 2017.

She found that playing classical music to our California Sea Lions decreased anxious behaviours and increased time spent playing and swimming.


Photo: Professional flautist - Claire Rowe in 2017
With the Sanctuary still being closed, and with no certain opening date, they are struggling without the vital revenue from their guests. It costs the charity £23,000 a month for their dedicated animal care team to feed, provide daily care, vital medicines and equipment to the Sanctuary´s residents.
The Sanctuary are now entering their third month without guests, and need your support more than ever.

They are asking for support via donations towards their "Seal Appeal":-

www.justgiving.com/campaign/SealAppeal
Thank You photo
Jana Sirova, General manager of the Sanctuary said "During this closure, we have been working very hard to ensure once the time is right we can safely welcome our guests once more. We have put capacity restrictions in place, have implemented social distancing guidance around site, enhanced our cleaning regime, added hand sanitiser stations and installed protective equipment to keep our staff and guests safe."
Entrance We are happy to provide any additional images or footage from the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

Please get in touch with Georgina Shannon, 07791 004534 or email Georgina.shannon@sealifetrust.com


Press Release issued by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Georgina Shannon on 07791 004534
Issue Date: 27th May 2020


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