Mobile Visitor Center
The Sea Lion Hospital of Los Angeles Brings its Mobile Visitors Center to the Hill!
The Mobile Visitors Center will be in Rolling Hills Estates next to the George F Canyon Preserveon the following Sundays from 11:00AM – 3:00PM andwill feature a unique topicon each date.
May 6th: Rescue Day: Learn what to do if you see an injured sea lion, who to call, and how the rescue is performed!(Our patients are rescued 365 days a year from north of Zuma to Seal Beach – That is 70 miles of coastline in Los Angeles County.)
May 13th: Meet Veterinary Staff: Veterinarystaff will shareinformation about treatments available for common injuries and illness caused by fishing line and nets, firearms, shark bites, algae blooms and malnutrition.Visitors will learn how medical staff and volunteers care for and find permanent homes for seals and sea lions that are blind or have damaged flippers.
May 20th: Husbandry Day: Husbandry staff will share information and answer questions about housing seals and sea lions, the type of pools in which they relax, swim and play, how food is prepared and served, and how these vital rehabilitation services are tailored to meet the unique needs of each pinniped species.
May 27th: Pup and Seal Release Day: This day is dedicated to exhibiting equipment and staff needed to transport a healthy animal back to the sea, and learn the importance of tide and weather conditions Visitors can see the release truck and custom release “pod” and find out how to view an actual release on a nearby beach!
The Mobile Visitor Center will be parked next to the George F Canyon Nature Center located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive Eastat the corner of Palos Verdes Drive Northin Rolling Hills Estates.
For more information about the Mobile Visitors Center or to schedule a private media tour of the hospital, please contact: Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles Executive Director Jeff Cozad at (818) 395-4317 or email: Development [@] marinemammalcare [.] org.
The Mobile Visitors Center is a walk-through exhibit for all ages. It is an opportunity for our community to learn about the unique work we do at Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles.
The Mobile Visitors Center is great for a variety of events, from fairs and festivals, to corporate or private parties. The MVC is able to travel across LA county, and can tailor the experience to different audiences.
Visitors walk through the truck, learning about our seal and sea lion patients and their experiences at our hospital. Learn why these animals are in need of rescue, how we rehabilitate them, and watch their release back to their ocean home. Our staff can teach you the differences between seals and sea lions, inform you about the dangers these animals can face in the wild, and what you can do to promote ocean conservation. Our Mobile Visitor Experience isn’t limited to the interior of the truck. Outside the truck, visitors will continue their learning experience through games and interactive activities.
- To provide educational opportunities to underserved communities;
- To educate community members about marine mammals; and
- To bring our Mobile Visitor’s Center to K-12 students, fairs, events, and festivals.
- About seals and sea lions – Types of pinnipeds (California Sea Lion, Harbor Seals, Elephant Seals), vocalization examples
- Human Impacts – Before and after injury examples, plastic ingested by animals, bullets/fishing nets, pollution, marine protected areas
- MMCC LA – About MMCC LA, history, programs, and ways to volunteer
The MVC was completed in late 2017 with a grant from the Robert Sprague Foundation.
To book the Mobile Visitor Center for your upcoming event, email MobileVC [@] marinemammalcare [.] org.
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