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The Marine Mammal Center’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital
in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Now Fully Funded,
Will Open to Patients in Summer 2014

(SAUSALITO, Calif. – February 6, 2014) – Sick and injured Hawaiian monk seals will get a second chance at survival thanks to The Marine Mammal Center’s new Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital, which is dedicated to the rescue and care of this critically endangered species.

Thanks to the Firedoll Foundation and a very generous family foundation as well as hundreds of other donors throughout the world, the hospital is now fully funded and will begin opening to patients this summer. This $3.2 million facility, named Ke Kai Ola (The Healing Sea), will include two neonate rehabilitation pens and pools, quarantine pen areas, two larger pens and pools for juvenile seals, as well as a medical lab, staff office, patient food preparation kitchen and education pavilion.

The Marine Mammal Center’s 38 years of substantial marine mammal rehabilitation experience, along with more than 10 years of involvement in the recovery efforts of Hawaiian monk seals and contributions to scientific research projects about monk seal health, ideally positions it to lead the charge in the care and conservation efforts of this critically endangered seal.

You can learn more about The Marine Mammal Center’s efforts to save Hawaiian monk seals at:

Click here to read the full press release. (PDF)

Media Inquiries Contact:
Laura Sherr - Public Relations Specialist



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