Photo: © Zeehondencentrum Pieterburen

Pieterburen Seal Sanctuary

A visit to Seal Rehabilitation and Research Centre (SRRC) in Pieterburen makes for an interesting day out for people of all ages. At the SRRC, you can learn about the problems that affect seals and see what the SRRC does to help them. 

  • The Pieterburen Seal Sanctuary helps seals that are ill, weak or beached.
  • Learn how the seals are welcomed, healed and then released back into the wild.
  • Visiting the Pieterburen Seal Sanctuary is an interesting, fun trip for every age.
Hoofdstraat 94a
9968AG Pieterburen
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Sick seal refuge  

The center was founded in 1971 to rehabilitate sick and injured seals. What started as a simple crèche evolved into a professional scientific research-based seal hospital, with accompanying facilities such as quarantines, a laboratory, a chemist and all the research equipment imaginable. All seals are released into the wild after their rehabilitation period.


You can reach Pieterburen by car or public transport. The SRRC has several activities for children and organizes special programs during the summer. The seal sanctuary is accessible for disabled visitors. The entrance fee is only few Euros, but extra donations are much appreciated.

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