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CWC seeks donations to rehabilitate sea lions: Wildlife center ‘currently operating at a deficit’

Pictured is one of six sea lion pups rescued by the California Wildlife Center last month, with many coming in during the rainstorms. Photo Submitted
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3:14 pm PST January 30, 2017

On Jan. 1, California Wildlife Center rescued its first California sea lion of the year from El Matador Beach in Malibu. 

In 2013 the National Ocean and Atmospheric Association declared an Unusual Mortality Event for the California sea lion, as the number of dying sea lion pups grew to its highest level since NOAA began tracking strandings in 2004. In 2013, CWC built a rehabilitation enclosure for marine mammals and this year it opened earlier than any previous year (Jan. 1) to accept these starving pups. While causes for the UME are still under review, what is indisputable is the continuing need to help these young pups (6 to 8 months old) return to our ocean.

The increase in the number of animals needing care has also meant an increase in costs. While volunteers and the support of the community help offset many of these expenses, California Wildlife Center is currently operating at a deficit. 

California Wildlife Center is asking for the public’s help so it can continue its efforts to care for California native wildlife. Supporters who contribute $5,000 or more will receive the opportunity to assist in a release of a rehabilitated California sea lion back to the wild. Supporters who contribute between $2,500 and $4,999 will receive the opportunity to release a rehabilitated bird of prey to the wild.  

“Funds raised with these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities allow people to support this crucial lifeline for wildlife that makes their home in Southern California,” Executive Director Jennifer Brent said.

Text “Rescue” to 80077 to donate to California Wildlife Center. 

To learn more about the CWC’s work, visit www.cawildlife.org. Follow CWC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/californiawildlifecenter.