Overcrowded conditions at rehabilitation centers create an unsafe and unhealthy environment for the animals and for the caregivers and sometimes force rescuers to leave suffering animals on the beach!
The new Marine Mammal Care Center will not only alleviate the existing overcrowding of rehabilitation centers in and around Los Angeles county, but is a terrific educational opportunity for future marine mammal veterinarians and the public.
MAR has already rescued over 335 animals in 2010 (through July)!
The number of stranded, sick, or injured marine animals has steadily risen since MAR began its operations over twenty years ago. Each year, MAR has felt the need for a second marine mammal care center grow with the numbers of those rescued. This simple graph conveys the continual, yet increasing, number of rescues per year by the most commonly encountered species: