MMCC LA is OPEN to the public every day of the year during daylight hours. Come see patients currently in our care from the fence line.
Visitors are not permitted “behind the scenes” and are kept a safe distance from the animals. This helps to provide a low stress environment during the patients’ rehabilitation, as well as to enable their natural wild behavior.
Groups are invited to come to the Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles to learn about seals, sea lions, and marine environment. Participants can see recovering patients and learn how human interactions affect our ocean life. Visitors will also observe animal care, feeding procedures, and learn about rehabilitation procedures we use to return the animals back to their ocean environment.
Q: Why do groups of over ten people have to sign a waiver? A: MMCC LA is on LAUSD property. LAUSD requires the waiver for all group activities.
Q: Can we walk through the hospital? A: General group tours do not entail a behind-the-scenes look at the facility.
Q: Are there bathrooms on site? A: Yes
Q: Is there a picnic area to have lunch? A: There is a small picnic area (several picnic tables in front near parking lot)
Q: Do you sell food or drinks at the gift shop? A: No
Q: Which credit cards do you take at your gift shop? A: Most credit cards are accepted
Q: What times are animal feedings? A: Generally, 6:30 AM, 11:00AM, and 3:00PM.
Q: Where do we leave our donation of wish list items when we come visit? Donations can be dropped off at the front door of the volunteer lounge of the animal care building, everyday between 10am and 4pm.
Q: Do you allow dogs at the Center? A: Dogs on leashes must be kept away from the fence area where animal viewing takes place
Q: Is parking available? A: Yes, there is free parking in a large parking lot that can accommodate cars, RVs and buses easily
Q: Anything I should know about finding you? A: MapQuest, Google Maps or any other apps for directions, you will not get to our facility directly. As you drive South on Gaffey, turn right onto 32nd street follow the road up, around and down to the end. Turn right at the end. Turn right into the parking lot and the Care Center is on the right side behind Angel’s Gate High School
Q: What if we get there early? If docents are not on site when your group arrives, groups may view our patients from outside the enclosures. However, it is important to note that animal care personnel are not involved in tour scheduling; for safety reasons, animal care personnel are not permitted to answer questions while inside enclosures.