MARINE MAMMAL CENTER

Rating: 4.92 stars   95 reviews

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Location: 2000 Bunker Road Fort Cronkhite Sausalito CA 94965 USA

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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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The Marine Mammal Center, located in Sausalito, California, is an astounding organization of highly dedicated professionals and volunteers rescuing marine mammals who are found stranded on beaches all over the state. Their rescues include Pacific Harbor Seals, Northern Elephant Seals, California Sea Lions and others. This year, despite the pressure of a record number of strandings, the Marine Mammal Center has successfully rehabilitated scores of animals and released them back to the wild where they belong. I am impressed by their responsiveness, their efforts to educate those who may come upon stranded marine mammals, their expertise, and their efficient use of donations. I am a small donor yet they make me feel significant to their efforts, and I am able to rest assured that my dollars are wisely used. They communicate just enough to keep donors advised of their efforts. They deserve the support of those who care about our oceans and the mammals in them.

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I'm not sure what the world would do without this wonderful organization. We need more people like this to help our friends who live in the ocean. I will always be a supporter and I strongly urge anyone who can help to do it!

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This is Perfume, of who's release I witnessed on Sept 7th. While reading this article I found links to other released patients, but sadly, also those who did not survive. Sad at how many don't survive, compared to how many do. Almost seemed equal. Thank god for organizations like The Marine Mammal Center, and her dozens of paid staff, and the 1000s of volunteers, who do all they can to help heal & release all those that they can. Well Done TMMC, and those like you! I will surely continue to support you as much as I possibly can

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I would not change a thing. From what I have seen, read, & heard, they are doing a marvelous job. Keep up the GREAT WORK, TMMC!

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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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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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My husband and I discovered an injured sea lion during a trip to Carmel this summer. We contacted the Marine Mammal Center, and they got a rescue team out as quickly as possible, and very tenderly gathered up the poor guy for transport. They gave us a card with the information we would need to track his progress. I was impressed by the follow up, as a volunteer e-mailed me to let me know when Sugar Dani was released. We decided to become donors, and got an e-mail the next day thanking us for our membership, and offering a tour when we are next in California, which we will gladly take them up on!

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The work they do is amazing. The lives they have saved. Their commitment. I am proud to be a supporter.

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This fabulous organization provides hands-on rescue and care of marine mammals, and educates in the process. Professional, reliable full hospital and rehabilitation services are provided to animals in need. Wonderful, necessary, inspiring place!

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The work the Marine Mammal Center does to care for our precious wildlife is amazing. They run a complete veterinary, basic research and most importantly care facility all from donations. It is a truly wonderful place.

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