California Wildlife Center

California Wildlife Center (CWC) takes responsibility for the protection of native wildlife through rehabilitation, education, and conservation. It is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of native California species, who otherwise would be left to suffer from the effects of human encroachment, habitat destruction and environmental damage.  

In 2013, California saw an increase in starving sea lion pups stranded along the coast due to a change in the availability of sea lion prey, especially sardines, because of over-fishing and changing ocean conditions. At that time, CWC built a temporary structure to help support like-minded organizations who were at capacity by caring for these ailing marine mammals, providing a safe space for these animals to gain weight and strength, then be released back into their natural habitat. Unfortunately, ocean conditions have not improved enough and the temporary structure is still supporting around 125 sick or injured marine mammals every year. This grant will go to a comprehensive restoration of CWC's rehabilitation structure for California sea lions and Northern elephant seals so that CWC can continue providing high quality care to California's marine animals.

Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. Our work is divided into six main program areas – Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions.

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