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Help Betty White Save Sea Lion Pups!

Known for their keen intelligence, playful natures and general adorableness, California sea lions have won their way into many an animal lover’s heart, including ours at Morris Animal Foundation.

So when marine researchers at the National Marine Mammal Foundation in California informed us that more than 1,200 California sea lions, mostly young pups, had died suddenly this year, we knew we had to help.

This type of research was the perfect project to fund through our Betty White Wildlife Rapid Response Fund. Established three years ago, this special fund allows us to quickly approve funding for wildlife researchers who need to respond to immediate health threats to animals. 

Within weeks of receiving the grant proposal, Morris Animal Foundation’s scientific staff and trustees were able to approved funding for Dr. Stephanie Venn-Watson and a team of researchers who are working to identify whether infectious diseases are killing sea lion pups. The study team is now busy evaluating microscopic lesions in tissues of sea lions that were stranded and died in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Diego counties.

We hope you’ll support our efforts. Check out our “Help Save Baby Sea Lions” campaign at and help spread the word. Thanks to our 65th-anniversary match, if you make a gift, it will be matched (up to $65,000).

Let’s keep these adorable marine mammals where they belong—playing in the sea.

You can help. We are trying to raise $1,000 to support Morris Animal Foundation-funded research to help save baby sea lions and other animals.

Categories: Animal health, Betty White, Wildlife health
July 3, 2013