Animal Care Wish List
The welfare of the dolphins, sea lions and other animals in the Dolphin Research Center family is always our top priority. There are many products and items that we use every day to provide the animals with the finest care. These include a wide variety of things from antibacterial soap to sanitize the fish "kitchen" where dolphin meals are prepared, to important dietary supplements, even new coolers to serve their meals in the best condition, the gelatin for their enrichment treats, and much more.
In the months after Hurricane Irma, we continue to struggle while we recover. Many hotels are still not open at full capacity to visitors and far fewer people than usual are vacationing in the Keys. The reduced tourism means that DRC is not receiving the financial support we normally get from daily visitors who come to see and interact with the dolphins.
We refuse to let these financial challenges compromise our commitment to the dolphins and sea lions that we and you love so deeply. You have helped us in the past and hope that you will be able to again.
Below is a list of specific items that we need. Each link will take you directly to that item's page on Amazon.
Please note that our standards for animal care are very high; in many cases they exceed those required of us by the federal government. Even if less expensive versions of a particular product exist, we cannot accept substitutions. Please, purchase only the exact item specified.
After making your selection, please designate the following information for shipping:
Attention Membership Dept.
Dolphin Research Center
58901 Overseas Highway
Grassy Key, FL 33050
Unfortunately, many companies do not include the purchasers' names in the packages that are shipped. So that we may properly track and acknowledge your generous gift, would you please forward us the order confirmation that you receive when you complete your transaction? This can be forwarded to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at email@example.com. Thank you!
Medical Department Items:
Oral Care Spray Promotes good dental hygiene.
White Cleaning Vinegar Used to clean and disinfect nebulizers.
This nebulizer is a special device designed specifically for dolphins. It delivers aerosolized medication for prevention and treatment of respiratory conditions. The principle is the same as using an inhaler device for allergies in humans.
Vitamins for Dolphins and Sea Lions:
As with humans, supplements assist in providing balanced, optimal nutrition.
Acidophilus Maintains healthy intestinal flora.
Fish House Items:
If you've visited DRC, you've seen the trainers use whistles as a "bridge" that tells the dolphins that they've done a great job. It's an important part of their daily lives where every activity is enriching. The dolphins are used to a specific sound, so we need to stick with this particular brand. Through constant use, they wear down easily and need regular replacement.
The coolers are used every single day to serve the dolphins their meals. Due to wear and tear and the need to make sure that the surfaces are able to be adequately cleaned and sanitized the coolers must be replaced at least once a year, more often if needed. The dolphins eat so much fish that, sometimes, the coolers' handles even break!
Avian Care Items:
Publix gift cards to purchase fresh organic fruit and vegetables
Toys - any for large birds
Feline Care Items:
Dolphin Research Center is connected with the Amazon Smile program. Anyone who enrolls in Amazon Smile for free can choose to support us with the purchases they make through the program.
Once you select DRC as your charitable organization, Amazon then donates 0.5% of the purchase price of all eligible purchases to us. Expenses are not deducted so the full donation amount comes to DRC.
Remember to log into Amazon Smile to be sure your purchases are included. For more information, visit the AmazonSmile website!
This is a great way to further help us.
On behalf of the entire DRC family - flippered, finned, feathered, and footed - thank you for your generous support.