2017-02-23 / Business

Sea lions receive a helping hand


SAFE AND SOUND— The California Wildlife Center rescued this distressed sea lion Jan. 1 from El Matador Beach in Malibu. 
Courtesy of CWC SAFE AND SOUND— The California Wildlife Center rescued this distressed sea lion Jan. 1 from El Matador Beach in Malibu. Courtesy of CWC California Wildlife Center rescued its first California sea lion of the year Jan. 1 on El Matador Beach in Malibu.

In 2013, the National Ocean and Atmospheric Association warned against a growing mortality rate 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.

This year the enclosure opened earlier than any previous year to accept these starving pups.

While causes for the phenomena are still under review, the need continues to help these pups, 6 to 8 months old, return to the 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, CWC is operating at a deficit.

California Wildlife Center is asking for the public’s help to continue its efforts to care for California native wildlife.

Supporters who contribute $5,000 or more will receive the opportunity to assist in the release of a rehabilitated California sea lion back to the wild.

Those who donate between $2,500 and $4,999 will receive the opportunity to release a rehabilitated bird of prey to the wild.

To give to the CWC, text “Rescue” to 80077 or visit www.cawildlife.org.

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