• Together,

    creating a refuge for marine mammals

  • Together,

    creating a refuge for marine mammals

Our association & its projects

The Cetasea association, based in France, brings together some twenty volunteers, scientists, trainers and professionals in the conservation of animal species. Most of our members work or have worked with marine mammals and see the need to create a sanctuary for dolphins in distress (rehabilitation of stranded dolphins as well as to relieve pressure on European dolphinaria that experience a lack of housing capabilities for the offspring of the successful captive breeding programs) in Europe.

Our experience gives us the desire to raise awareness of animal welfare issues and the environment, as we can only protect what we know. Many zoos have rehabilitation programs and work in correlation with environmentalist organisations and scientific teams. It is thus a necessity that also for marine mammals a program for reintroduction to restock wild populations is developed, just like it is routine for birds and terrestrial animal species.

Our goals

At Cetasea we want to welcome marine mammals in a natural site to:

  • Study the natural behavior of the animals
  • Work on natural animal behavior
  • Raise public awareness of the protection of oceans and marine mammal habitats
  • Share scientific's informations to develop animal welfare in captivity

It is essential that our objective is the protection, the animal greater well-being and the work of introduction and reintroduction into the natural environment. Scientists and persons in charge of wildlife parks are sensitive to this program and recognize the importance of this work, such as our ambassador, Pierre Gay, director of the Zoo Doué la Fontaine and the Zoo Sables d'Olonne as well as President of the Committee Preservation in the EAZA (European association of zoos and aquariums).

No activity will be imposed on animals for profit reasons.

Our actions

Research projects on various subjects will be undertaken and supported as we want to be very active in the communication with the public and with other parks. Our ambassador, Véronique Servais, psychologist, teacher - chercheure in anthropology of the communication at the University of Liège already has subjects of research.

Animation Cetasea is also brought in schools as well to reach an increasing sensitization to the protection of species and their environment with hands-on activity as cleaning of beaches and educational campaigns. Cetasea aims to be an ethical protector of the environment and our future.

The coastal semi-natural refuge will be bounded by nets and pontoons to facilitate the work of the trainers and the veterinarians. An acclimatization pool will be built to make the link between the captive environment and the natural environment quite smoothly. Two towers of observations will be present, the one for the public, the other one for the scientists. A meeting room, a shop, toilets, a technical room and a fish kitchen will be necessary on a daily basis.


Working with Cetasea

It is important that research centers and marine parks work with Cetasea for the protection of marine mammals.

The exchange of information between parks and Cetasea will be essential. When a captive dolphin joins the refuge, one of the trainers will be invited to come along and spend the necessary time for the dolphin to adjust to its new environment with minimum stress.

Protecting these species is now a necessity. The acceleration of climate changes, pollution and overfishing has a detrimental effect on marine animals. Therefore, it is urgent to better understand them in order to develop efficient protection. Scientific research is the best way to achieve this goal.

Cetasea, along with some research and marine environment protection centers, will provide the possibility of refuge for wild mammals in distress.

Our team Just nice people !

Administration :

  • Frédérique

    Frédérique Gilbert

    Frédérique Gilbert has worked for almost 20 years with marine mammals. A semi-natural sanctuary for dolphins in Europe is an definite must for her.

  • Annemie

    Annemie Carlier

    Annemie has spent her life with the animals of the Antwerp zoo, where she is now in charge of sea lions and seals. Annemie has always been worried about animal well-being.

  • Sandrine

    Sandrine Colomb

    Sandrine​ is a specialist in e-learning training. She has always been interested in the defense of environmental causes.

  • Manon

    Manon Raway

    Veterinary Assistant and Animal Caregiver.

Our ambassadors :

  • Véronique

    Véronique Perrault

    Belgian actress, Veronique is passionate about animals and nature.

  • Pierre

    Pierre Gay

    General manager of Biopark in Doué-la-fontaine and the Zoo of Sables d'Olonne. He devoted himself to the preservation of endangered species.

  • Véronique

    Véronique Servais

    Professor of Anthropology at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Liège. She is doing research and teaching on human-animal relationships.

The team is expanding :

  • Stella

    Stella Villanueva

    Currently in her last year of veterinary school, she has done most of her internships in marine parks and rehabilitation centers.

  • Laura

    Laura Riem

    Laura is a Senior Trainer. She has worked in marine parks, rehabilitation centers, and natural environments.

  • Alan

    Alan Tejedor

    Alan is an assistant veterinary specializing in training marine mammals. He has worked in several marine parks and zoos around Spain and the Dominican Republic.

  • Fabian

    Fabian Thiry

    Webdesigner for Cetasea, Fabian is very affected by the environment and the animal welfare.

  • Kelly

    Kelly Viollet

    Kelly is a graphic designer sensitive to the environment and to the animal protection.

  • Virginie

    Virginie Mulliez

    Virginie is assistant in communication. She is sensitive to the protection of species.

  • Cécile

    Cécile Veron

    Cécile has always worked for the conservation of species. Today, Cecile is responsible for a park in Indian Ocean.

The newsabout Cetasea

« Dream higher than the sky and deeper than the ocean »

Help us !Every action counts

Being a non-profit organization, Cetasea continually needs support to achieve its project.

To become a partner of Cetasea, we ask you to make a donation to our cause. You can do so via a wire transfer or Paypal.

By supporting our work, you will help provide better living conditions for the dolphins at first, followed by other marine mammals in the future.

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