The Northcoast Marine Mammal Center’s (NMMC) mission is to promote the long-term health of marine mammals along approximately two hundred miles of remote coastline in Humboldt and Del Norte counties in Northern California. The NMMC does this through the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured, or orphaned marine mammals. The species we most often rehabilitate are pinnepeds: California sea lions, northern elephant seals, and Pacific harbor seals. Less common patients include northern fur seals, Guadalupe fur seals, and Steller’s sea lions. An additional goal of the NMMC is to develop and present educational programs that foster an understanding of marine mammals and their environment.
The Northcoast Marine Mammal Center was founded in 1984 by Medical Director, Dr. Dennis Wood. In 1989 NMMC received a grant from oil spill mitigation funds to promote construction of our current hospital and rehabilitation facility. The California Conservation Corps completed construction in 1992 and their facility includes a medical treatment room, harbor seal pup room, kitchen for food preparation, administration office, gift shop/information center, and nine outside pens for housing animals.
The NMMC responds to several hundred reports of distressed animals, in an average year along 210 miles of rugged, remote coastline. Typically, they admit between 60-90 animals to the Center annually.
Having only one paid employee, HMMC relies on dedicated and caring volunteers to conduct all rescue activities, day-to-day animal care, and operate the gift shop. They also rely largely on revenue obtained through donations, membership, and gift shop sales to care for their patients at the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center. They ask that you consider making a donation so that they may continue this important work.
Location: 424 Howe Dr Crescent City, CA 95531-4396 | (707) 465-6265 | Website | 1.6 mi from Hotel
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