Call of the Wild

To help fund the non-profit Marine Mammal Care Center (MMCC), which supports marine animal rescue, rehabilitation and release along the Southern California coast, Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club in Redondo Beach has developed the “Save the Sea Lions” Package.

To help fund the non-profit Marine Mammal Care Center (MMCC), which supports marine animal rescue, rehabilitation and release along the Southern California coast, Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club in Redondo Beach has developed the “Save the Sea Lions” Package, which encompasses a donation to the MMCC, as well as oceanfront accommodations and entrance to the facility to learn about the marine life that is carefully nursed back to health there and returned to natural habitats.

According to MMCC spokesperson Jill Romano, the Care Center has taken in more than 365 sick and stranded seals and sea lions since the beginning of the year. “We’re only halfway through 2009, and we have already exceeded our total number of patients from the entire year of 2008,” she says. “We derive much of our financial support from outside donors, so the Portofino program is especially important and timely.”

The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club faces King Harbor, home to its very own colony of California sea lions. “Our guests can observe these creatures frolicking and feeding in their natural habitat, so we wanted to offer the opportunity to sustain and support them, especially since weather conditions have made marine life particularly vulnerable this year,” says Jeannene Glenn, general manager at hotel.

Visit marinemammalcare.org and hotelportofino.com.
 

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