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The South Pacific Marine Mammal Center is the first and only facility for the rehabilitation of sea-lions, dolphins and marine otters in Peru. Conceived and started by Dr. Carlos Yaipen-LLanos in 2003, it operates as the headquarters of ORCA PERU.
The South Pacific Marine Mammal Center's mission is to function as the headquarters of the non-profit organization ORCA for the rehabilitation of sea-lions, dolphins, marine otters, penguins and sea turtles for their release into their ocean home. With the South Pacific Marine Mammal Center as an specialized facility, ORCA promotes ecological values through education, research and public involvement in ocean conservation.
Species concerned: South American sea-lion (Otaria byronia); marine otter (Lontra felina); bottle-nose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus); dusky dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obscurus), long and short beaked common dolphins (Delphinus capensis and Delphinus delphis); and Humboldt penguins (Spheniscus humboldti).
THE SOUTH PACIFIC MARINE MAMMAL CENTER started with the rehabilitation of "Oscar", the first South American sea-lion ever rescued, rehabilitated and released in Peru, on May 24th, 2003.
|Awards||First rescue and rehabilitation center in Peru that operates in coordination, authorization and recognition of the Environmental Department of the National Police of Peru.|
|Founded||May 24th, 2003|
For the first time in Peru, ORCA offers thru The South Pacific Marine Mammal Center the following programs with public involvement:
1. Sea-lion Rescue and Rehabilitation Program
2. Cetacean Rescue and Rehabilitation Program
3. Sea-lion Pup Rehabilitation and Education Program
4. Marine Otter Health Assessment Program
5. ORCA JUNIOR and ORCA KIDS volunteer experiences.