I’ve worked as an animal care volunteer at the Marine Mammal Care Center (MMCC) for four years. As much as I like working with the animals, something I take particular pleasure in is talking with visitors at the fence. Call it outreach, if you will.
Some visitors seem to want to simply view the animals while others, once you engage them, ask lots of questions about the facility and our patients, why are they at the center , how long will they stay, where will they be released, etc.. From time to time, I’m stumped by their questions and I add those to my “find out” list.
Witnessing the excitement that many of our visitors experience when they see seals and sea lions up close, sometimes for the first time, reminds me of just how fortunate I am to be able to work with these amazing animals.
MAR3INE Board Member and MMCC Volunteer