Rare Animal Rescue in North Bali
Wild Animal Zoo at Hotel Melka in North Bali Closed and Animal Removed for Safekeeping
Four bottle-nosed dolphins held captive and used to entertain tourists at the Hotel Melka in North Bali underwent health check on Monday, August 8, 2019.
As reported by Tribun-Bali.com, the health check was undertaken by the Bali Department for Conservation and Natural Resources (BKSDA) and performed by a number of veterinary specialists. The hotel project in North Bali is said to be in disrepair and financial trouble, causing many to be concerned that the animals kept captive at the Resort were being neglected.
The Hotel Melka advertises a dolphin attraction and therapy sessions with live dolphins held in a large pool.
While media were not allowed to view the health checks, an investigator from BKSDA Bali, Soemarsono, confirmed that 40 other animals in addition to the dolphins were held at the Hotel in addition to the group of dolphins. Among the other species were crocodiles, snakes, Bali Starlings, porcupines and a group of Black-Capped Lory.
The health check was undertaken after the death of a bottle-nosed at the Hotel Melka on the previous Saturday.
The remains of the dead dolphin, believed to be 50 years old, were sent to Denpasar for a complete autopsy. Most of the four remaining dolphins kept at the Resort are between 20 and 50 years of age.
Kompas TV said that following health check only two of the four dolphins were found to be in good health and ready for relocation. The remaining two mammals must remain at the Hotel Melka under expert medical care until their condition improves.
The Hotel holds the required government permits and licenses for displaying captive animals as long as certain standards are maintained. If the management is found to have been abusing or failing to care for its wild animal population, prison sentences of 5 years can be imposed by the government.
Because of the uncertain financial condition of the hotel, a decision was made to immediately relocate a total of 20 animals representing 10 species to the care of conservation facilities. This included the two healthy dolphins, two parrots, one sulfur-crested cockatoo, two hornbills, two Bali starlings, three red nurikeets, three porcupines, two langur primates, one python, and three crocodiles.