Charity of the week
Since its founding in 1975, the Marine Mammal Center (marinemammal center), a veterinary research hospital and educational center based in Sausalito, Calif., has rescued and treated more than 20,000 injured, ill, or abandoned marine mammals. The center combines animal rehabilitation with an on-site research lab to study the health of marine mammal populations and their ocean habitat, focusing in particular on elephant seals, harbor seals, and California sea lions. The center can care for more than 200 animals at once and treat 600 or more a year. Nearly 50 percent of the center’s patients are eventually released back into the wild. The Marine Mammal Center is open to the public, offering tours and education programs to more than 100,000 visitors every year. Its scholarship programs also fund field trips for low-income schools.
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