Animal related

Terramar Research

Advancing Interspecies Science & Advocacy for Animals & Nature

aka POD (Protect Our Dolphin Neighbors)   |   Santa Barbara, CA   |  www.TerramarResearch.org

Mission

Our mission is to increase respect and protection for animals (with an emphasis on wildlife, with a focus on iconic marine mammals and elephants) and their environment through research, education, and advocacy. 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. Since its inception, Terramar Research has been an all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to the survival and wellbeing of animals and the natural environment.

Ruling year info

1994

Founder and Director of Research

Dr. Toni Frohoff

Main address

27 W. Anapamu Street Suite 336

Santa Barbara, CA 93101 USA

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Formerly known as

Dolphin Data Base

EIN

91-1652529

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Marine Science and Oceanography (U21)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Currently, wild animals and their environments are under intense siege from human-induced and associated environmental impacts. Concurrently, wild animals (especially iconic species such as elephants and dolphins and whales) are used and abused intensively for entertainment and recreation in captivity. We recognize the need for a more rigorous, expansive, and a multidisciplinary, and eco-centric approach to studying and addressing these problems towards a more sustainable and respectful coexistence between humans and other animals. We also acknowledge, promote, and create methods that meet the challenges of both individual animal welfare/wellbeing while also conserving populations and species. Terramar uniquely addresses these problems with pioneering and published research - as well as provide distinctive education and avenues of advocacy - for students, scientists, and the general public to help individuals and species for healing environments for humans and other animals.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

POD (Protect Our Dolphin Neighbors)

POD developed a much-needed research, education & protection program for the critically-challenged bottlenose dolphin population along the California coast, with a focus on Santa Barbara and Ventura, California.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Students
Budget
$0

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Terramar Research provides effective solutions for both the short- and long-term protection of animals, their populations, cultures, and habitats. We promote addressing welfare concerns in science, policy, legislation, and society. Our primary goals are to enhance our depth and reach of these programs. We work locally, nationally, and internationally, yet have much data to publish and many more audiences to reach. We focus our program efforts around protecting key animal species such as elephants and coastal dolphins, whose wellbeing indicates environmental health for all species, including human health and safety. Our work with students has been key and are expanding our capacity to enhance their skills and experiences while also utilizing their gifts and talents towards bettering the lives of animals and their environments. We are expanding our work on key issues affecting animals and the environment including combating illegal wildlife trade.

Terramar Research has contributed to policy change in over a dozen countries towards the betterment of animal welfare and environmental protection Part of our strategic plan is to focus on elephants, dolphins, whales as iconic animals considered Gateway Species. These species providing entry points into protecting the lives, well being, and habitats of all species. We have pioneered scientific research on assessing and mitigating the impacts of human/animal Interactions on other species. This includes groundbreaking research into with an emphasis on scientific rigor and real-life solutions.

As an ALL-VOLUNTEER organization, we have been limited in scope and depth but we are creating new fundraising goals and methods to create paid positions for the persons conducting the most vital work. Terramar Research has a notable and impressive number of volunteer board members, advisors, and volunteers who are respected, published, accomplished scientists in their fields that pertain directly to our mission. We are well known and respected locally and well as internationally throughout varies countries because of the work we have done and the great amount of media, lectures, and publications that we have contributed to. We also have over 25 years of demonstrated success, respect, experience, skill, and support to continue and expand our mission and our efficacy.

Terramar has been successful in demonstrating measurable results and successes for a number of our programs and with expansion, we will be able to refine these methods further. We are calculating and providing metrics of success for our volunteer programs as well as for the other organizational efforts we support and collaborate with. All of these include inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes, and impact. Key to these are the following assessments: -Who are you seeking to influence or benefit (target population)? -What benefits are you seeking to achieve (results)? -When will you achieve them (time period)? -How will you and others make this happen (activities, strategies, resources, etc.)? -Where and under what circumstances will you do your work (context)? -How appropriate is your strategy (assumptions)?

As a volunteer-only-based organization, Terramar Research has made a surprising and tremendous impact on the lives of numerous individual animals and populations. Our impact on policy to improve the lives of animals and their habitats (as well as humans) has reached over a dozen countries and continues locally, nationally and internationally (currently, most prominently, in Sri Lanka. ). Our work has been featured through published scientific research, books, book chapters, and in the media (prominent local, national, and international newspapers, magazines, documentaries, television and radio shows, and interviews). We have provided numerous students with experience and new skills for research and education in the field and in the classroom. Our letters, testimonies, and varied contributions to policy have ranged from protecting numerous animals, including seals, sea lions, wolves, elephants, and dolphins and whales from illegal and legal (yet unnecessary and brutal) killing. We have been key contributors to enacting laws improving the lives of wild animals in captivity while also minimizing the potential for capturing wild animals from captivity for the use of recreation and entertainment. We have provided key sources of information and support in protecting wild populations from the negative impacts of human activity (such as negative impacts of irresponsible tourism on vulnerable populations of whales and dolphins). Terramar Research is also proud that we have provided support to at least two organizations dedicating to helping animals while they were in the process of ultimately and successfully achieving their own nonprofit, tax-exempt status. With the unfathomable and increasing need to protect animals and their habitats, we are optimistic in our determination, unique skills, and strategies to address some of the most intractable challenges facing our planet. It is with these successes that future generations of all species, including humans, will have a greater chance to survive and to thrive.

Financials

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Operations

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Terramar Research

Board of directors
as of 9/19/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Will Anderson

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Board co-chair

Lilliana Zuyovich

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Will Anderson

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Elizabeth Oriel, Ph.D.

Storied Seas

Caroline Saxon

Toni Frohoff, Ph.D.

Terramar Research/SONAR

Julie Dennis

Keywords

wildlife,animal,protection,conservation,dolphin,whale,elephant,marine mammal,welfare,environment,ocean