MARINE MAMMAL CENTER

Rating: 4.92 stars   95 reviews

Issues:

Location: 2000 Bunker Road Fort Cronkhite Sausalito CA 94965 USA

Mission:

The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary hospital, research and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals, primarily elephant seals, harbor seals, and California sea lions. Its research team studies the causes of illness in these animals, and by doing so, learns about conditions affecting the health of marine mammal populations and the oceans – discovering conditions that can affect humans as well. In addition, the Center’s education programs teach thousands of students and the visiting public each year about marine mammals and the urgent need for environmental stewardship of earth’s marine environments.


Results: We've rescued over 19,000 marine mammals since 1975 and have opened a hospital in HI to save the highly endangered monk seal.
Target demographics: injured, orphaned or sick marine mammals.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 500 marine mammals and educated thousands of school children.
Geographic areas served: 600 miles of CA coastline, and educate and research worldwide
Programs: Each year The Marine Mammal Center rescues hundreds of ill, injured, and orphaned marine mammals along the California coast from San Luis Obispo to Mendocino, and now also in Hawaii. Once at our hospitals, vet staff diagnose and treat infectious diseases, starvation, and injuries, including gunshot wounds, ocean trash entanglements, and shark bites. Advanced rehabilitation and husbandry practices and over 1,000 volunteers allow many of these animals to return to their ocean home. Veterinary scientists at the Center work collaboratively with many organizations, bringing together veterinary clinicians and pathologists, rehabilitation specialists, wildlife biologists, and other scientists to address the health and survival of marine mammals and investigate human and other stresses on the marine ecosystem. Many patients also show high levels of PCBs and DDT in their blubber, indicating a possible connection between marine mammal disease and environmental toxins.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been watching the amazing work of MMC for years! The work they do is difficult and sometimes dangerous, yet they are always there for marine mammals in trouble. They make wonderful use of the volunteers who contribute to all aspects of life with seals, sea lions, otters, and whales! (Remember Humphrey the Humpback who wandered into San Francisco Bay?) The Marine Mammal Center does make use of medical and scientific experts for the best solutions to problems. They are ready also to experiment, try new approaches, ad lib when nothing else seems to work.

They have a wonderful center just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, and other locations (most recently in Hawaii). They have all kinds of support from donors and volunteers. A great place to visit.

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Find ways to raise more money for their use!

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Rating: 5 stars  

They are a wonderful group, doing great work! As beach going people, it is heartening for us to know that there are organizations like this out there caring for the sea animals we love!

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Can't complain!

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Life-changing

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a docent at local tide pols with a breeding harbor seal population. The Marine Mammal Center is the only place to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned pups and injured adults. Those performing a beach rescue are always wonderful about teaching the public. Their research also provides valuable information on what is harming our pinnipeds.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A very caring and active group. Does great work, not just in helping marine mammals, but in educating the public about them and issues surrounding the ocean and conservation. They are impactful and informative.

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Life-changing

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Rating: 5 stars  

A truly great organization where you see the results happening. They treat local marine mammals in trouble and have a high success rate.

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Rating: 5 stars  

An organization that helps rescue sick , injured,orphaned marine mammals is a life changing one to many mammals.With the ugliness in the world today. It is refreshing to see that some of the mammals have a chance again. Their future is brighter thanks to the people involved here. How can that not brighten someones day?a mammals day?Our oceans need more people like these, for the future of the animals and our children and our earth. If they educate 1 person , that's 1 person that hopefully has a new respect and understanding for these mammals and oceans .Our oceans and mammals need them !

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make it grow !

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Rating: 5 stars  

They get the word out in a caring and non frightening way.. Great articles and a good source to learn at any ageā€¦. Very cringe people , god at networking.

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If you are an animal lover and want to help our friends in the ocean, Marine Mammal Center is a wonderful organization that is saving lives every day. I know my money is going to good use there.

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I have been a donor to MMC for a number of years, and have had the opportunity to visit the center on numerous occasions. The staff have always been helpful, I get regular updates on how things are going at the center, and the center itself is beautiful and well-kept, which is impressive. When I did a paper for a college class last spring, the contacts at MMC were tremendously helpful and their efforts were much appreciated. This is a group of folks who genuinely put the animals first, and I feel good about where my donations are going.

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Volunteering for this wonderful organization is a truly life changing experience! I have always loved the ocean and the creatures that live in it but to care for the animals that we rescue and to send them back to their home is magic! As sad as it is that we can not save all of them , to be able to release the many animals that we do rehabilitate is so rewarding . Working with such a great group of dedicated people has been the experience if a lifetime!

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To expand the center to help more animals

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Life-changing

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