The Kansas City Zoo currently houses six California sea lions living in our sea lion exhibit. Of our six sea lions, four are rescues, who were once stranded in the wild and deemed non-releasable. The Marine Mammal and Pinniped Rescue project helps to support the conservation of wild populations of marine mammals, including California Sea lions, through rescue and rehabilitation, research and education. This project led by Shows Team Keeper Bridget Cronin is in partnership with the Marine Mammal Center.
The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California is one of the largest marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation hospitals in the world. Each patient who passes through the center provides a number of biological samples. The wide variety of cases that are treated at the Marine Mammal Center make for a more unique and complete set of samples. The scientific findings generated from these samples help add to the knowledge of the health and the treatment of marine mammals. In turn, advancing the preservation of these animals in their natural environment and improving their care in captivity. The Kansas City Zoo is able to support the Marine Mammal Center’s ongoing research by providing a -80 degree Celsius freezer for the storage of these valuable biological samples.
In 2018, Bridget was able to stay at the center and assist with their patient care such as preparing and feeding diets, administering patient medications, cleaning holding areas, and assisting with veterinary exams and treatment.
To learn more about the Marine Mammal Center, visit their website at http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/