The Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary and Wildlife Centre was established in Mablethorpe in 1974 by Jerry and Rene King who had previously run a zoological garden in Suffolk. It started life as the ‘Animal and Bird Garden’ but rescued seals soon started arriving requiring us to acquire the knowledge and equipment to look after them. By the mid eighties we had constructed our first ‘big’ seal pool, in 1990 the Seal Hospital was completed and in 2000 a series of interlinked seal pools where built to provide the seals with a stimulating place to live.
All the while new and different animals where arriving, emus, birds of prey, lynx, and more recently meerkats, reptiles and primates. In 2012 the ‘Seal Sanctuary’ name was no longer sufficient to described all that we did and we re-branded ourselves as ‘The Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary and Wildlife Centre’.
The attraction is open 10 months a year and attracted 60,000 visitors in 2013.
"People who hadn’t visited us for a few years can’t believe how much we have grown. Animal rescue is still key to what we do but we he also expanded into a much broader tourist attraction for the whole family."Dennis Drew – Director