ABOUT

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 are located at:

3601 South Gaffey Street, #8
San Pedro, CA 90731

(310) 548-5677
info@marinemammalcare.org

Animal viewing and Parking — ALWAYS FREE.

California Sea Lion
Guadalupe Fur Seal
Harbor Seal
Northern (Alaska) Fur Seal
ellie
Elephant Seal

Dr. Lauren Palmer, DVM
Director of Hospital Operations

hospital@marinemammalcare.org

Lori Olsen, Husbandry Manager

hospital@marinemammalcare.org

Holly Kadota, Docent Liaison

hospital@marinemammalcare.org

Heather Turkes
Volunteer Services Manager

hturkes@marinemammalcare.org

Susanne Bonner
Programs Manager

hospital@marinemammalcare.org

Kate Vo, Executive Assistant

kvo@marinemammalcare.org

VOLUNTEERS

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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

abecerra@marinemammalcare.org

Elizabeth Kendrick Galowich,
Animal Care Liaison

egalowich@marinemammalcare.org

Donna Dutcher,
Secretary

ddutcher@marinemammalcare.org

Liz Schindler Johnson, Treasurer

ljohnson@marinemammalcare.org

CELEBRITY MAMMALS

Click on our Celebrity Mammal photos to watch their PSAs for MMCC

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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 surferdisplaying 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

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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

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MULTI-TALENTED ALEXANDER LUDWIG

Alexander starred in The Hunger Games (2012) (for which he received two awards), and films such as Lone Survivor (2013), The Final Girls (2015), and Bad Boys for Life (2020). Alexander received critical acclaim for his performance as Bjorn Ironside in the Global hit television series, Vikings. 

When he isn’t acting, Alexander can be found making music including his first hit single, “Let Me Be Your Whiskey,” writing for film and television, as well as surfing, extreme skiing, skydiving, traveling the world and working with philanthropic organizations.

Photo:  Alexander at the Center by David James Elliott

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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.

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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

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DR. PETER WELLER, FILM AND STAGE ACTOR, DIRECTOR, AND LECTURER

After playing Robocop and the eponymous Buckaroos in the 1984 sci-fi cult favorite The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Dr. Weller returned to academia. In 2004 he enrolled at Syracuse University, earning a Master’s degree in Roman and Renaissance Art, then he earned his PhD in Italian Renaissance art history at UCLA in 2013. 

A star of film and stage, Dr. Weller holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of North Texas and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Dr. Weller is a member of the legendary Actors Studio.  Dr. Weller lives in Los Angeles with his wife Shari and son Teddy.  Dr. Weller is a champion for ocean conservation.

Photo:  Dr. Weller at home by Ash Adams

LOCAL MERCHANT PARTNERS

More info coming soon! In the meantime, please click on the images below for a few of our partnerships.

Dedicated MMCC Mosaic Wall Tile
$25+ donation

Bonfire Apparel
$5-12 per item

Nair & Bjorn
20% of this bracelet

Alice Frost Studio:
20% of sales through 8/31

Esplanade Brand
$1 per item

Cover 4 a Cause:
10-30% of sales

Flower Power
50% of profits

Moustache Coffee Subscription $2 for every bag

Bonfire Apparel
$5-12 per item

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