Be a Dolphin Warrior

Rio is 5 years old. He has grown up in Indonesia in between animals, big and small. Rio has seen hundreds of wild dolphins, jumping and playing next to boats, and in the open ocean. He has also seen dolphins kept inside small, chlorinated pools – even in traveling dolphin shows – and wishes to see these dolphins liberated and released back to the sea. Rio has joined dozens of school visits, explaining to his friends at schools from Jakarta to Flores all about dolphins, and the need to protect them and keep them wild and free.

Rio is the inspiration for our Dolphin Warrior book for kids. Photo: Dolphin Project

Rio is the inspiration for our Dolphin Warrior book for kids. Photo: DolphinProject.com

On September 5, 2016 Rio had the chance to meet the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in Indonesia, Ms. Susi Pudjiastuti. During her official visit to the island KarimunJawa, Rio handed her a copy of his book, “Dolphin Warrior: A Little Book About Dolphins“. He hopes she will be enlightened and inspired to put an end to the ongoing suffering of captive dolphins in Indonesia.

Dolphin warrior Rio personally delivering his book to the Indonesian Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Dolphin warrior Rio personally delivering his book to the Indonesian Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Photo: DolphinProject.com

To educate international travelers about the plight of Indonesia’s dolphins, we turned the book into a 15-second animation that’s playing on screens at the new Bali International airport at the baggage carousels. Education equals empowerment, and the message is clear: say NO to the dolphin show!

Dolphin Project's video ad's at the Bali International International Arrivals. Photo: DolphinProject.com

Dolphin Project’s video ad’s at the Bali International International Arrivals. Photo: DolphinProject.com

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About Femke den Haas

Femke works to protect Indonesia wildlife like dolphins and orangutans. I have been on the dolphin trail for more than 45 years campaigning worldwide trying to keep dolphins free from harm. In all of my travels I never came across a more dedicated and impressive grass-roots organization than JAAN. Their leader, Femke den Haas is the real deal – she is simply the best. – Ric O’Barry

Femke den Haas is a co-founder of the Jakarta Animal Aid Network, a small nonprofit started in 2008. She is originally from the Netherlands; the organisation’s members include a mix of foreign nationals and Indonesians.

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Femke works to protect Indonesia wildlife like dolphins and orangutans. I have been on the dolphin trail for more than 45 years campaigning worldwide trying to keep dolphins free from harm. In all of my travels I never came across a more dedicated and impressive grass-roots organization than JAAN. Their leader, Femke den Haas is the real deal – she is simply the best. – Ric O’Barry

Femke den Haas is a co-founder of the Jakarta Animal Aid Network, a small nonprofit started in 2008. She is originally from the Netherlands; the organisation’s members include a mix of foreign nationals and Indonesians.

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