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Issue 173
May 2020


Seal Sanctuary´s Update - 28th May 2020
Jana Sirova, the General Manager for the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, said "A bit of an update from us here at the Sanctuary.

During this closure, we have been working very hard to ensure once the time is right we can safely welcome our guests once more."
Cornish Seal Sanctuary
"Our guests and staff safety is our number one priority, and with this at the forefront of our mind we have implemented the following:-

  • Capacity restrictions in place to ensure we can adhere to social distancing regulations

  • Social distancing guidelines around site

  • Enhanced cleaning regime

  • Hand sanitiser stations around the site

  • Installed protective equipment to keep our staff and guests safe"
Sanctuary view across estuary "We do not currently have a set opening date, but when we do, we will likely be opening only for set days a week. We would love to have your input on what days you would like to be able to safely come and visit our Sanctuary.

We are set in 42 acres of beautiful outdoor space and feel confident that when the time is right we can welcome guests back with the safety measures in place, and allow you to enjoy the vast space we have whilst saying hello to our animals.  Thank you"

A Big Thank You for Your Support
Update: 25th May 2020 - Jana Sirova, the General Manager for the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, said "A bit of an update from us here at the Sanctuary, we firstly want to start by saying thank you. We have been overwhelmed with support since we had to close our doors back in March and we truly will be forever grateful.

With the Sanctuary still being closed, and with no certain opening date, we are still struggling without the vital revenue from our guests. It costs our charity £23,000 a month for our dedicated animal care team to feed, provide daily care, vital medicines and equipment to the Sanctuary´s residents. We are now entering our third month without guests, and need your support more than ever.

If you are able to donate towards our "Seal Appeal", please visit -

If you could share this video, we would really appreciate it, and we are sending everyone as always all of well wishes and we hope you are enjoying our daily updates from the Sanctuary." Click on photo below to watch.

#Lockdown Video Gallery
We thank our NHS and Key Workers Ponies go for a walk! Rescue seal pups - 2019-20
Spirit - dolphin - Summer 1992 Resident Adoption 2020 Feeding Time on 21st May 2020
Squidge 2nd birthday 27th May 2020

Seal Sanctuary´s Press Release
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary treats animals to visit from their teams´ pets to get them used to visitors again.

Each year, the 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. Click here to read more.
Cornish Seal Sanctuary treats animals to visit from their teams pets to get them used to visitors again

Seal Sanctuary´s Seal School!
Cornish Seal Sanctuary Seal School Join the Cornish Seal Sanctuary every Monday for the latest edition of the home education package, free for you to download.

There are 6 workbooks and adult answer books, covering 6 weeks´ worth of education. The topics range from our "changing world", to "seals and sea lions" to "ocean habitats and marine mammals."

These workbooks have been created by the education team at the Sanctuary and are in line with the current curriculum. Join the team as they take you on a world of discovery and learning whilst making it fun and enjoyable at the same time!
The Cornish Seal Sanctuary are excited to give you a glimpse into our marine world. Click here to Download.

The Sanctuary absolutely love this fantastic poster which was made by Thomas!

They have loved seeing all of the amazing work created from their Seal School packages.

The Sanctuary has a certificate that can be downloaded by everyone who has completed the packages, you can get yours here.
Poster by Thomas
Henry with his hand made Sanctuary leaflet Amongst all the worry throughout this time, it honestly is the Sanctuary´s guests and facebook family that have cheered them all up so much.

This amazing little boy, Henry, has spent his time during #Lockdown creating a leaflet about the Sanctuary, the Sanctuary wanted to share as it has made their day!

Thank you Henry the Sanctuary team cannot wait to see you when they are able to open the doors again.

Adopt a Resident at the Sanctuary!
You can help support the Sanctuary from afar by adopting one of these beautiful faces!

Whether it´s a gift for yourself or a loved one, our adoptions make the perfect present whatever the occasion!

An animal adoption includes:-

2 free entries to the Sanctuary
20% voucher for the Café or Gift shop
Certificate of adoption
Cornish Seal Sanctuary gift
Photograph of your adopted animal
Profile of your adopted animal
Presentation folder

You can purchase your adoption online here and the Seal Sanctuary will get it posted out to you or send it directly to the person you are purchasing a pack for!
Adopt a resident

Post Release Monitoring of Seals
With each update we will name any tagged seals spotted in the wild by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) around the coast of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly:-

Jonesy (photo below) and Piglet were seen on 2nd May 2020
Strawberry Shortcake on 2nd, 4th and 16th May 2020
Hufflepuff on 3rd, 11th, 15th, 20th, 24th, 25th and 26th May 2020
Orion on 4th May 2020
Shirley on 12th and 13th May 2020
Joy Division on 13th May 2020
The Shining on 13th and 19th May 2020
Tess on 13th and 20th May 2020
Whist on 13th, 30th and 31st May 2020
Billie Jean and Mawgan on 16th May 2020

This above information regarding tagged seals seen in the wild is copyright of the CSGRT.

If you find a Seal in the Wild
For over 60 years the Sanctuary has been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing pups from the Cornish coastline and beyond that find themselves in trouble, whether it be eye problems, respiratory infections and malnourishment to broken bones, pollution-related problems and being separated from their mother too soon.
BellaBella being checked by the Animal Care Team
A quick reminder that if you discover a seal pup that is in distress or alone, please call the Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361 and/or the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team on 01825 765546.

DO keep your distance;
DON´T attempt to handle or touch the pup;
DON´T attempt to put the pup back in the sea;
DON´T ignore the situation;
DO tell the appropriate organisation.

When you ring an appropriate organisation, please be prepared to give an exact location of the seal, your contact details, what condition is the seal in for example is it alone, thin, injured or seems unwell (noisy breathing, coughing, runny nose). Tell people around you to keep clear of the seal by at least 50 metres, if you can, draw a circle in the sand around the pup.

Remember most often seals come out of the water on to land to rest, digest after eating their food, relax and sleep.

This news update has been put together by volunteers/supporters of the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

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