Animal Care Centers and Exotic Rescue

Marine Mammal Care Center – Outreach and educational programs. Open daily during daylight hours. Free, donations encouraged. 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro. (310) 548-5677. www.marinemammalcare.org

 

Pacific Marine Mammal Center – Educational tours and Kids Club, plus school and scout programs. Open daily, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free, donations encouraged. 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. (949) 494-3050. www.pacificmmc.org

 

Star Eco Station – Rescue facility offers hands-on ecology lessons and encounters with tropical birds, exotic reptiles, wildcats and ocean life. Annual events and school-break camps are also offered. Weekends, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., tours begin every hour (last tour at 3 p.m.). Visit their website for closures before going. Adults, $8; kids, $6. 10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City. (310) 842-8060. www.ecostation.org