MMCC LA is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19. MMCC LA is normally open to the public every day of the year during daylight hours, where visitors can see patients currently in our care from the fence line. However, in order to provide a safe environment for our critical care staff during the pandemic, we are not open to the public. We will post an announcement here and on our social media when we reopen.
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.
Docents and volunteers are generally available between 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m on Saturday and Sunday. We welcome questions about our facility and the species that are treated at MMCC LA.
We rehabilitate animals rescued from all Los Angeles County beaches
MMCC Los Angeles serves Los Angeles County by providing in house medical care to injured or sick seals and sea lions that strand on the 70 miles of beaches from Malibu to Seal Beach. In 2018 alone, we treated 389 animals recovered our beaches.
Our mission is important to the health and safety of all of Los Angeles County beachgoers because there are no protected beaches where sick or injured seals or sea lions can rest and heal away from people. MMCC Los Angeles is the only 24/7/365 safe haven for these animals in Los Angeles County. Without our rehabilitation and conservation work, these animals would be left to die on our beaches.
Volunteers are the backbone of our operations. A regular spotlight on our more than 150 volunteers is coming soon!
ALL VOLUNTEER BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Amber Becerra, President
Elizabeth Kendrick Galowich, Vice President
Liz Schindler Johnson, Treasurer
Dr. Tammy Da Costa Gomez, Animal Care Liaison
Click on our Celebrity Mammal photos to watch their PSAs for MMCC
WORLD-RENOWNED “WATERMAN” LAIRD HAMILTON
Laird is known as the guiding genius of crossover board sports, and is largely considered the primary influence behind many surfing innovations, including tow-in surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and hydrofoil boarding. Surfer Magazine has labeled Laird as, “the sport’s most complete surfer, displaying almost unnerving expertise in a multitude of disciplines, and flat out surfing’s biggest, boldest, bravest, and the best big wave surfer in the world today, bar none.”
Laird has his own surf wear line (Laird Apparel), beverage boosters (Laird Superfood), XPT Extreme Performance Training with his wife Gabby Reece, and Golf Board. Laird’s affinity for the ocean includes a love of all the creatures in it and a passion for ocean conservation.
Photo: Laird at Teahupoo 2000 by Tim McKenna
A CHAMPION ON AND OFF THE COURT, GABBY REECE
Gabby is a professional beach volleyball legend, New York Times bestselling author of My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper, Nike’s first female spokesperson, model, wife, and mother. Gabby is known, in part, for her thoughtful perspective on strength, beauty, and redefining our relationship to our body.
Together with her husband, surfing legend, Laird Hamilton, Gabby is an avid proponent of empowering people to take responsibility for their own health, plus a truly authentic example of healthy living. Gabby has become a role model to women worldwide regarding how to achieve peak fitness, good health, and overall well-being for themselves and their entire family.
Gabby and Laird live in Malibu with their two daughters Brody and Reece. Gabby works and plays in the waters we share with the seals and sea lions treated by MMCC Los Angeles.
Photo: Gabby by Nicola Majocchi
WORLD WILD VET DR. EVAN ANTIN
Star of Animal Planet’s Evan Goes Wild, Dr. Evan Antin puts his life on the line to save wild animals. From diving in the deep blue with sharks to saving rhinos from poachers in Africa and now releasing our harbor seal patients off the California coast — this wildlife veterinarian has dedicated his life to animal conservation.
Millions follow Dr. Evan Antin and his wildlife adventures through social media, and now in his first book, World Wild Vet, Dr. Antin takes us along for the adventure and shares his deep love for the wild around us.
His passions lie in exotic animal medicine and interacting with wild animals in their native habitats around the world. As a practicing veterinarian at Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital, he also lends a helping hand to animals located here in Los Angeles County. Bonnie and Clyde, two of MMCC’s harbor seal patients, were the lucky recipients of Dr. Antin’s care and are now living wild and free in their ocean home.
CANADIAN-BORN ACTOR DAVID JAMES ELLIOTT
David is best known for his starring role in the CBS series JAG, playing lead character Commander Harmon “Harm” Rabb Jr. (1995 to 2005), which often shot in San Pedro. David attended Ryerson University in Toronto and then auditioned for the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Ontario. He was accepted and later won the Jean Chalmers Award, as most promising actor in 1983.
A star of stage, television and film, David makes his home in Los Angeles with his wife Nanci Chambers, their two children Stephanie and Wyatt, two dogs, two rats, and a lizard. David and Nanci have a beverage company, IndiCoco, that manufactures coconut water-based drinks which are nutritious, healthful, and hydrating. David is a vegan and animal lover and supports many animal causes.
Photo: David at White Point Royal Palms Beach by Davis Bonner
LOCAL MERCHANT PARTNERS
More info coming soon! In the meantime, please click on the images below for a few of our partnerships.