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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Rating: 5 stars  

These guys do great work. Not only rehabilitation, but also with education and research. If you're in the area is free to visit and they have an optional area where you can see them doing necropsy (animal autopsies) to find out why they did and collect samples for research. Just know that their work is seasonal and there is more to see in the spring and early summer than in the fall and winter.

 
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I've helped care for rescued seals and sea lions at Marine Mammal Center for about 8 months now including 3 months spend there on a Veterinary Technician internship. They are wonderful people to work with and do amazing things for the animals under their care. In all aspects they take their responsibility very seriously and go above and beyond by partnering with many scientists to help them with their research whether that research is aimed at learning more about our marine mammal cousins or to trying to figure out or cure human conditions or diseases. They do a great job of educating the public as well and are very open about what goes on there. I highly encourage their support. Also, visiting is free, so stop on by and see what they are doing in person!

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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The Marine Mammal Center is world-renowned for their expertise in animal care, veterinary medicine, and science. The committed volunteers that care for the animals, as well as the programs they have in place to train and expand the field of knowledge, make this place a gem in the non-profit world.

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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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.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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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!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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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.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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