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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I wanted to add a different perspective to these great reviews. I'm a veterinarian, recently graduated from veterinary school, and the Marine Mammal Center was an important part of my education. TMMC regularly hosts programs for veterinary students that allow us to spend time at the facility and get hands-on involvement in the extensive medical work that goes on behind the scenes, devoting hours of their busy days to inspire future veterinarians. TMMC also hosts veterinarians who are participating in internship and residency programs for advanced training in zoo and wildlife medicine and conservation. The veterinary and animal care staff at TMMC has just as much passion for education as the folks "up front" talking to visitors, and I sincerely appreciate the donor and volunteer support that makes that possible!

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Volunteering with the Marine Mammal Center is the most rewarding experience I've ever had. We help animals of all shapes, sizes and conditions, mainly pinnipeds, but also cetaceans, sea otters and the occasional turtle. We see and treat shark bites, gunshot wounds, malnutrition, environmental reactions, infections, pneumonia, even cancer. While it's wonderful having the opportunity to rehabilitate the animals, it's even better getting to release them back into the wild, and watching their faces light up when they realize they're going home.

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Life-changing

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2012

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This is an absolutely amazing organization. The people are great, and they are consistently raising the bar on the work they do. I couldn't possibly think of any other organization that I would rather endorse than the Marine Mammal Center. Keep up the good work!!!

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Life-changing

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I can unequivocally say that the Marine Mammal Center does sincere and amazing work for the animals they serve. I got to meet with the people working here, and see how they manage things/take care of the animals (otters, sea lions et al), and I came away with nothing but gratitude for the service they provide to these beings. What's heartening is that the people employed at the center (from the volunteers up to the staff and doctors) genuinely care for the marine mammals...it's not just a job for them, but a way of life!! Yeah, I have nothing but good stuff to say for them.

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Life-changing

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The Marine Mammal Center is an amazing organization – from their rescuing of animals to educating the public. Their work is vital and they do it incredibly well with impressive dedication.

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Life-changing

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This non-porfit organization is truly amazing. Their work and dedication to marine life is one that is one that is not commonly seen. As a follower of the organization on Facebook and Twitter, I am able to see what they are doing for the betterment of marine life and the surround community.

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I adore this organization. I love the work they do in their field. There has never been a moment when I can say they were not competent and on top of things. The lives they save and renew is proof. These creatures get a new start and a real chance. It truly is a blessing to see and I will continue to pull what little funds I have together to send when it is asked for. They inspire and set a brilliant example. No one could ask for more, other than to continue their work!

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Seeing how many animals are saved and returned to the wild made me a lifetime donor to the Marine Mammal Center. Their work truly makes a difference and they are very well managed to ensure that the most funds go to support of the wildlife.

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I have been following The MMC on Twitter for over a year now and also their facebook page, in that time I have seen so many wonderful stories of rescues and rehabilitation. The volunteers give 100% to helping Marine Mammals get back into their natural environment and do so without asking for thanks or praise. The one place I would like to go, more than any other, is the MMC, so I can give them the praise they deserve and thank them from the animals that they save. I am proud to be associated with a wonderful cause and will continue to donate and follow until the day comes that I can finally visit and say thanks in person. Keep up the amazing work that you do and from the animals a big sloppy wet kiss to you all :)

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I unfortunately never got the chance to visit the Marine Mammal Center as I currently live in France, but I follow them on Facebook and read every newsletter. The workers/volunteers there are dedicated, passionate and driven people who care enough for the world that surrounds us to act and make a difference everyday. And they really do. I follow their patients' stories and how they help those endangered seals and sea lions get through whatever harm we, as humans, put them into. I am always amazed at how devoted and caring the people at the Marine Mammal Center are. I always get goose bumps when I watch videos of patients being released back into their natural habitat, and I know that, for the most wounded ones, they will find them a happy home. Plus, the Marine Mammal Center team is full of creativity and often organizes events to grow people awareness and get more help. What the Marine Mammal Center does every single day is hugely important, not just because seals are cute and fun and basically adorable but mostly because a lot of marine mammal species are endangered by pollution and wildlife crime, and its team of people contributes to repairing the damages caused by our lifestyles, and I hope I can volunteer myself very soon.

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