Catch & Release
New donor program helps support wildlife rescue
January 26, 2005, Seward, Alaska
The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward is the only ocean wildlife rehabilitation and rescue facility in Alaska, a state with more than double the coastline of the rest of the United States. That means ASLC with its Stranded Hotline (1-888-774-SEAL) is the first contact in Alaska when a marine animal is injured, abandoned, or stranded. The SeaLife Center has recently created a new program for those interested in supporting its Rescue and Rehabilitation Program: the Wildlife Rescue Team.
The Wildlife Rescue team is a new membership and contributions driven program designed to build public awareness and involve the community in the Alaska SeaLife Center‚s rehabilitation mission. Supporting wildlife rehabilitation helps scientists and veterinarians better understand the biology, habits, and migration of marine mammals and seabirds, as well as increase understanding of how to help animals recover from disasters and stranding. The goal is to return sick or orphaned animals to good health and their natural habitat.
Those who sign up and contribute to the Wildlife Rescue team can follow case histories of wildlife rescued and rehabilitated this coming summer as well as learn more about the mystery, importance and health of ocean-based nature in Alaska today.
The Alaska SeaLife Center is a non-profit 501-C3, marine science facility dedicated to understanding and maintaining the integrity of the marine ecosystem of Alaska through research, rehabilitation and public education. The Center‚s research facilities and naturalistic exhibits immerse visitors in the dynamic marine ecosystems of Alaska.