Providing medical care to sick and injured marine mammals that are stranded along the Los Angeles Coastline


The Mission of MMCC LA is to rehabilitate marine mammals that have been stranded on beaches from Zuma Beach to Seal Beach in Los Angeles County due to illness, injury, or malnutrition. MMCC LA primarily treats and releases sea lions, northern elephant seals, Pacific harbor seals, and northern fur seals.

Why is it important?

The Southern California coastline is some of the most pristine in all of the state. What makes it so beautiful is the abundance of marine mammals, especially pinnipeds. For many stranded marine mammals, their lives are cut short prematurely. MMCC LA provides the treatment and rehabilitation for these animals to make a full recovery and are given a second chance at life. As with every animal in the ocean, seals and sea lions are an important part of the ocean's ecosystem.

How do they do it?

With an incredible volunteer base, MMCC LA operates in conjunction with the Center for Marine Studies to not only rehabilitate these animals but teach the public about the animals in their facility and why they are there. MMCC LA’s multi-faceted program increases public awareness on environmental issues, and the importance of ocean conservation, as well. A year-round marine mammal rehabilitation facility in Los Angeles County, MMCC LA also collaborates with scientists around the country to conduct non-invasive research, and, on average, admits 500 patients a year.

How you can #TravelKindly:
  • Choose Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles as your local charity when you book hotels with Kind Traveler
  • Visit the MMCC hospital and go on an educational tour, open 364 days a year
  • Purchase a gift at the MMCC center when you visit as a way to support their mission
  • Donate online to help sick and injured pinnipeds return to their natural habitat
  • Apply to become a husbandry volunteer to provide the animals with a clean and safe environment
  • Apply to become an educational volunteer. Educational volunteers have the opportunities to communicate with the public by offering assistance as a gift shop employee or group tour leader at the facility
  • For those looking to further their career in Marine Biology, MMCC also offers internships and full-time employment opportunities

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