If you are in the Sausalito area in California, I highly recommend a trip to the Marine Mammal Center. It is an amazing organization that helps injured or distressed marine animals (such as seals, otters, or sea lions.) The center provides a source of rehabilitation which enables a fighting chance for these creatures to have the opportunity to return to their homes in the wild.
The address for this center is 2000 Bunker Road, Sausalito, California 94965. Also, their current visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to Monday except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Free tickets must be booked online in advance (I have linked their website to the bottom of this post.) In addition to the free tickets, they do have guided tours that you can purchase, which are lead by one of the experts at the facility. When we went to the center, we did do a guided tour, and I can tell you that it is worth it to hear first hand experiences of these animals, and some pretty inspiring stories as well. They take the time to talk to you in more detail about their amazing animal hospital, which makes such an impact on these beautiful marine mammals.
Something that really moved and resonated with me was that the animals are released after they have healed or are able to survive on their own in the ocean, since the organization is not just trapping the wildlife in a locked zoo setting forever. The plan is to get them back to their habitat to live a healthy life again. There are mammals that are separated from their mothers, bitten by sharks, or have unfortunately gotten stuck in debris or fishing lines. It is truly unfortunate that pollution can have an effect on these mammals, and this in turn can make their lives in the wild more difficult.
We as humans really must be aware of how we are disposing our waste, and not just constantly dumping it on their homes. We must do better as a society and become more eco friendly. I am attaching the website for The Marine Mammal Center below, and not only is it informative on how they help wildlife, there are a ton of really great webinars, and educational tools and resources as well. If there is an animal in need, you can also contact them right away on their website and they will do everything they can to help them. They have rescued more than 24,000 animals to date. If you are an educator, they also have award winning programs that connect students to science programs, and have professional development for teachers too.
I hope that this post inspires you to find ways in your community to spread the word and find strategies to promote eco friendliness. It is important that we work together on this front. The Earth has given us so much, we must respect her and all the creatures that roam it too! I hope you have a wonderful day, and remember to click that subscribe button!
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