Our Purpose

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue, an Ocean Wise initiative, is Canada’s only dedicated marine mammal rescue facility and one of the largest rescue facilities in the world. We have been involved in marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation for over fifty years. Our current facilities allow for on-site rehabilitation of seals, sea lions, sea otters, sea turtles and small cetaceans, such as harbour porpoise. We are also equipped to respond to off-site marine mammal emergencies, including disentangling sea lions in the wild.Each year, our rescue program saves over 150 marine mammals and rehabilitates them for release back into their natural habitat. 


our team

Our team includes a board certified aquatic animal staff veterinarian, veterinary fellow (as well as several consulting veterinarians), registered veterinary technologists, animal care and rehabilitation specialists and many dedicated volunteers. All members of the team are highly trained to provide qualified and experienced veterinary care to our patients.

Meghan Lifting Arugula-28Jul'11_MeighanMakarchuk.jpg

senor cinco1.JPG

our Facility

The Rescue Centre has two indoor spaces. One houses a food preparation area and offices. The other is a new state-of-the art hospital including a laboratory, pharmacy, examination area and surgical and recovery areas.  Our outdoor facilities consist of a variety of rehabilitation pools and tubs to suit different sizes and species of marine mammals at different stages of rehabilitation. Quarantine is critical in wildlife rehabilitation: new arrivals and/or sick animals are kept separated from any healthy marine mammals.


Supporting the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre through your company offers unique recognition and engagement opportunities and helps us run Canada’s only marine mammal rescue facility.


Thank You To Our Partners

Ongoing contributions made by our valued partners, like presenting partner Port of Vancouver, are essential to the success of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre and our efforts to conserve aquatic life.

All of our rescues are collaborative efforts between Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) All rescues, rehabilitation and releases are authorized and monitored by DFO.