Centro de Rescate is a nonprofit organization that aims to rescue, rehabilitate, and release stranded marine mammals and sea turtles. These stranded animals may be injured, entangled, malnourished, or suffering from disease or illness.
Our patients are treated and rehabilitated at our facility, but our response extends to rescues and disentanglements in the wild (in-situ), and includes dolphins and whales.
Located in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Centro de Rescate has a unique position to assist the abundant marine wildlife from both the Pacific coast of Baja California and the Gulf of California, as well as receive patients from all over Mexico.
A stranded marine mammal is an animal that has wound up on the beach or shoreline, or in shallow waters (either alive or dead) and is unable to return to deeper water without assistance.
Your support and contributions enable us to rescue Marine Wildlife.
Your generous donation will directly fund our mission.
Centro de Rescate works in full support of PROFEPA, the Mexican government authority responsible for the protection of the environment.
Mexico is fortunate in that 17 of the 32 States have a coastline. PROFEPA is the primary authority responsible for attending marine mammal strandings in every state. We proudly work side by side with PROFEPA to help our Mexican wildlife.
We were established with support and funding from the Museo de la Ballena and a generous donation from the National Marine Mammal Foundation.
Marine wildlife rescues and day-to-day operations at Centro de Rescate MB are conducted by a small team of professionals and a group of hard working, dedicated volunteers.
Our volunteers take part in every step of a rescue and rehabilitation, from receiving stranding reports and mobilizing for a response, to caring for and treating animals up until their release.
At Centro de Rescate we live and work by the motto "Love what you do. Do what you love." and we LOVE saving marine wildlife and educating our community.
Centro de Rescate Headquarters is located in La Paz, BCS. The neighboring islands and the hundreds throughout the Gulf make La Paz a mecca for marine wildlife!
Our facility includes both indoor and outdoor rehabilitation areas, and an auditorium for training and education programs.
The indoor facility houses 3 large pools (50,000+ litres each), and is outfitted with Hepa air filters and air conditioning. Our indoor pools are connected to state-of-the art aquatic life support systems to provide optimal water quality, critical for animal health, particularly in compromised patients. Each system is designed to handle a large number of animals and allows us to recirculate and disinfect the water. These pools can be used for pinnipeds, cetaceans, and sea turtles.
Our Pinniped holding pens for Seals and Sea Lions are located outdoors, under a large shade structure. Our 3 large dry pens are each equipped with a small pool. These pens can be reconfigured to give us up to 8 smaller individual holding areas as needed. Prior to release, animals are given access to one of the larger pools to help improve their physical condition before reintroduction to the wild.
Current and future projects include building a large outdoor sea turtle pool and filtration system for use during the warmer months, and a sea pen for long term rehabilitation of cetaceans (dolphins).
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