MARINE MAMMAL CENTER

Rating: 4.92 stars   95 reviews

Issues: Animals, Technology

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  

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I love the knowledge and experience I gain when I come to this marine mammals center. Its so fun and such a worthwhile cause. Please help them and recognize their work. The teach the public about how we can help and what our impacts are on marine mammals. They also respond to numerous calls from the public about stranded animals. They have a fantastic visitors' center too. They're work is dirty and hard and they need all the support that they can get.

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Awesome organization, great cause, fantastic and inspiring success stories. Thank you to all of the volunteers who make this happen. : )

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I have been volunteering with the Marine Mammal Center for about 9 months. I started volunteering right when the busy season started up, and I got to see first hand what a great place this is. We worked late nights, had many fish smoothies to make, and lots of dishes to clean. It was well worth it, and I left feeling great every week knowing i was doing my part. I now am more careful about the what I throw away, and am more environmentally conscious now that I volunteer here. I am more aware about how my actions can affect out ocean friends.

TMMC takes in thousands of Marine mammals and with the help of caring staff and volunteers rehabilitate these animals and get them back to their ocean homes. I am truly blessed to be part of this organization.

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Life-changing

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TMMC rescues and provides medical services for thousands of animals. More than this, they help populations of animals and help the environment. Teaching children and conducting scientific research helps the animals in the hospital, but also helps the entire planet! Because The Marine Mammal Center focuses on all levels, not only do people have a great experience volunteering, but the research may have human health impacts on diseases such as diabetes and autism. Raising issues of global pollution problems helps individual hospital patients, each species and the environment as a whole. I recommend coming to a scientific talk or a docent tour at The Center.

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Life-changing

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We watched the National Geographic episode about this center and then came to visit. We did the docent led tour of the facility and learned about the different kinds of seals, how they get rescued, how they receive medical treatment, how "fish milk shakes" are prepared for them and how they are released. We were impressed by the educational and environmental mission of this organization at work. The volunteer docent was informed and inspiring, and was engaging for all the members of my family on the tour.

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I continue to be amazed by The Marine Mammal Center in my early months as a volunteer. In mid-July, I had an opportunity to release nine sea lions back into the Pacific and share in the absolute pride while watching them rush out to the sea. These were nine of the 800+ pinnipeds that are rescued, rehabilitated and released by TMMC every year. Then in mid-Sept, I truly lived a lifelong childhood dream of joining Jacques Cousteau on the Calypso by spending the morning with his eldest son and ocean explorer, Jean-Michel. Standing alongside Jean-Michel that Thur morning and seeing the pride he shared w the entire TMMC team as more three sea lions were released, was my once in a lifetime moment to actually live my wildest childhood dream … The groundswell of support I’m getting from my family and friends is a testament to how our efforts touch so many people who only dream of the volunteer work and organization we’re privileged to support …

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I have recently been active with the Stop Diablo Canyon Seismic Testing, and have been fortunate enough to have met Volunteers with MMC. I am Very Grateful for their Fabulous efforts, and without them and others who care, our Oceans, Our Lives, and our Grandchildren s' Lives would not be very Hopeful! Great Work!! Great Gift Ideas... Adopt a Seal !! The 2013 Calendars are Fabulous!.... THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU ! I can't wait to Visit the Center! THe Health of Our Oceans are a True Representation of Our World Health and Future!

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Ily what you guys do!! im 14 and my passion is to be a marine biologist!!!! i love you guys so so so much!!!!! i have a fundraising page for the marine mammal center!!!! btw if anyone wants to please donat at http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/savemarinelife/yasminehavlinsfundraisingpage thanks!

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I follow Marine Mammal center on Facebook because the work they do touches my heart. I deeply care about all life on this planet, and support the loving work done by these folks. I live in land-locked center of the states, but have a strong bond to the ocean and the amazing mammals that live in and around it. They are some of my favorite creatures. It encourages me to follow the efforts of this worthy non-profit. For all the damage we humans have done to the planet and seas, it is so good to see people like this working to offset that destruction. Keep up the excellent work!

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Awesome! If you want to be around smart, kind, and smart people. TMMC is your place to be!

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Amazing organization! As a conservation biologist, I know that it is the organizations like the marine mammal center that are the heart and soul of our important work.

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