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Five ways to help sea lions


By now you have read all about the Unusual Mortality Event affecting sea lion pups.  You also probably know all about the pups, Kanuk and Kodiak, who were rescued off the coast of California and came to live at Brookfield Zoo this past July. You are even probably familiar with Brookfield Zoo’s two other rescues, Tanner and Josephine, each with their own unique story, who have been living in the lap of luxury at BZ.  So now, you want to be in with the “in” crowd and know how you can help sea lions. 

Well Carlita is here to school you on how to help wildlife, with a little help from my marine mammal trainer friend here at BZ, Mark G.  Below, find some ways you can help the sea lion crisis, even from right here in Chicago!

How to help a sea lion:

  1. Eat Sustainable Seafood NOAA has found that part of the reason young sea lion pups are being left behind is because mothers are having a harder time finding enough food.  You can help by making sure you are eating ocean-friendly seafood that is harvested in sustainable ways that make sure there is plenty of fish in the sea, for human and animal alike!

    Get your seafood guide here!

  2. Donate to a rescue center There are several centers along the coast of California that are authorized to rescue and rehabilitate marine mammals, such as seals and sea lions.  According to our hero, Mark, “All rescue centers are accepting direct donations, which are greatly appreciated.  These centers have budgets to rescue a certain amount of stranded animals, however, that quota is usually reached within the first three months of the year.”

    Here is a list of centers helping stranded marine life in California.

  3. Support zoos like CZS, who house four rescued sea lions When rerelease isn’t an option, rescued sea lions pups get to live out their lives in plenitude at approved facilities.  You can help insure those rescued animals continue to get the best of the best by visiting those facilities, learning the animals’ stories, or even providing day-to-day support for the care of those animals through symbolic adoptions. 
    Share the Care of Josephine California Sea Lion here at Brookfield Zoo!

  4. Donate skills and supplies to rescue centers Say you’re short on cash but still want to provide support to the rescue centers.  There are two ways you can do that:  by donating your time and skills, or by donating goods and supplies. 
    Are you good at doing laundry? Inputting data? Answering phones? Sorting fish? Those are all things that rescue centers need to get done, and need volunteers to do it!  Here is a link to volunteer opportunities at the care center where Mark and Mairim volunteered.

    Cleaning out your house and find you have extra pet kennels, rubber boots, or other miscellaneous items?  Check out the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur’s Wish List to see if they could use any of those items.

  5. Learn more from NOAA & NOAA Fisheries NOAA Fisheries, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service, are stewards for the ocean’s resources and habitats.  They are the ones who study changes in the ocean and climate, population patterns in marine animals, declare Unusual Mortality Events, and coordinate efforts to help animals in need.  Visit their website to learn about what they do, who is involved, how they get it done, and how you can get involved, too!

Posted: 1/25/2016 11:36:14 AM by

Carlita the Croc

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