Marine Mammal Center

Rating: 4.93 stars   123 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Technology

Address:

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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415-289-7335
http://www.marinemammalcenter.org

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Reviews for Marine Mammal Center

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member of the Marine Mammal Center for 25 years. I was inspired by their mission to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick or injured marine mammals. But, it was only as a volunteer for the past five years that I was able to really see what they do. I work in the Harbor Seal hospital, where we care for newborn, orphaned harbor seal pups. They are helpless, unweaned pups who still have their umbilical cords when we rescue them. We tube feed them, teach them how to eat fish and keep them at our facility until they are able to survive on their own. Being able to do this work is such a great honor. The reward of all of this hard work is to see the animals being released, rushing back into the ocean where they belong and knowing that we have given them the care that they need to survive there. It's a good feeling.

 
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I have been a volunteer at TMMC since 2011. The opportunities for volunteers to work closely with wild Pinnipeds is unmatched. I would suggest joining an animal care crew during the slow part of the year, July-November, when the pace of training is more relaxed. This is, by far, the most interesting and challenging volunteer job I have ever experienced.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Proud to be a part of an amazing organization and group of volunteers!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The Marine Mammal Center is an amazing organization! I can see everyone's passion for these animals and I am truly amazed each week. It's my favorite place in the world!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Truly an amazing group of people dedicated to helping the animals in their care and educating the public.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Having volunteered there for four years and been an intern, TMMC is a great place that does lots of research to help marine mammals and rehabilitates hundreds of patients per year. They have a huge focus on education too, so is good for school groups or families to visit.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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1 person found this review helpful

A dedicated organization with skilled volunteers who protect, heal, rehabilitate seals and sea lions. I have worked for them and have witnessed the dedication to help those sick animals go back into the wild. A great center and team.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The Marine Mammal Center treats emaciated and ill marine mammals from the West coast. As a volunteer I've watched as seals and sea lions have come to the center dangerously ill and been released a few months after.
One of our patients really caught my eye. Thin Mint was a female sea lion that had fishing line caught around her head when she came into the center. She remained at the center for several months as she recovered from her injuries but was very aggressive when ever she observed the approach of anything alien to her pen. It was tragic to see how much harm, more mental than physical that had been inflicted upon the creature.
It is through the help of the MMC and it's volunteers that thousands of marine mammals are given a second chance by the humans whos trash and byproducts had hurt them.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

As a volunteer of two years, I've worked with hundreds of seals and seal lions at The Marine Mammal Center. This hospital rescues, rehabilitates, and releases so many animals which would normally die without our help. TMMC runs primarily on volunteer support, and it's truly incredible how hard everyone works as a group to help sick and injured marine mammals.

If you ever get the chance to visit TMMC, you'll see of thousands of people working on preparing meals, cleaning pens, and administering medication. It's a powerful image, and a powerful organization.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

This site shows many very important events and conditions taking place in our seas. It is very important to spread the word on this situation. Awareness is the first step in fixing this. Plus the animals they show are adorable!

 
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