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Born out of a community need in the early 1970s and fostered through a labor of love with support from Park staff and volunteers since.
The Sea Life Park Seabird Rehabilitation Facility has been healing native seabird populations and educating the public on the signs to look for in distressed seabirds.
Federally protected Wedge-tailed and Newell’s shearwater chicks are particularly vulnerable following breeding season, and the Park assists hundreds of seabirds during these peak months alone with a highly successful release rate.
The facility is equipped to receive injured seabirds 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is the primary rehabilitation facility on Oahu.
In one season alone; Sea Life Park Hawaii took in, rehabilitated, and released over 800 sea birds and since 2005, over 4,000 seabirds have been rescued and released. Birds that are unable to be released are provided a home at the Park’s Seabird Sanctuary.
In the heart of the Sea Life Park campus is the Seabird Sanctuary.
In this enclosure of about 500 square feet, you will find a place of refuge for injured Hawaiian seabirds that, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), are not able to be returned to the wild. Here they can live out the remainder of their lives, well cared for and protected in this sanctuary.
The program, the only one of its kind in that state of Hawaii, is funded entirely by Sea Life Park. The Park is the only facility on Oahu that operates 24 hours a day every day of the year to care for and rehabilitate injured sea birds (approximately 30-40 a day).