TerraMar Research is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a proven commitment to the study and protection of wildlife and the environment with an emphasis on marine mammals and marine ecosystems. Our many activities, coordinated by Research Director Dr. Toni Frohoff, have focused on the behavior and protection of marine mammals with some extension to other animals such as elephants and wolves. With an emphasis on human interactions with marine mammals, our activities range from:
• Conducting the first research on the welfare of dolphins in ‘swim’ programs in captivity and in the wlld • Providing educational programs to schools and the public around the world • Lecturing at leading academic institutions • Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation
Other research and educational projects focus on wildlife behavior, dolphin communication, interspecies communication, and the study of emotion, welfare, and conservation in other species. Our work is often featured in the media; in national and international journals, magazines, newspapers, television and radio shows, and documentaries.
MISSION STATEMENT Our mission is to increase respect and protection for animals (with an emphasis on wildlife, particularly marine mammals) and their environment through research and education. Scientific endeavors include non-invasive research, academic writing and publication, lectures and facilitation of workshops and participation and collaboration in various academic projects. Educational activities include public presentations for schools and events, providing guidance and assistance to students and teachers, writing and publication in popular magazines and newspapers, and working with the media.
HISTORY In 1985, TerraMar Research began under the name of Dolphin Data Base where it operated as an all-volunteer organization. In 1994, we applied for and received official federal non-profit status, and changed our name to TerraMar Research to reflect our scientific endeavors. Now, over 23 years later, we are unique in that we still function almost completely as an all-volunteer organization and continue to conduct research, education, and conservation efforts around the world in a truly non-profit manner!