VICE News documentary, Starving and Stranded: California’s Sea Lions

 Colleen Weiler, a marine mammal biologist volunteering for the California Wildlife Center, and Kaj Larsen, a correspondent for VICE News, help a stranded sea lion pup.

California Wildlife Center’s FIRST Sea Lion Release!

After weeks of recovery, join us in celebrating the release of 5 California Sea Lions back into the wild….a first for CWC’s new Marine Mammal Rehabilitation Program. Many thanks to the City of Calabasas for preparing this video for us! [3:17]4]

Raptor Re-nesting…a Strong Start in Life!

California Wildlife Center’s Raptor Re-nesting Program keeps wild babies with their parents, providing the best possible chance for their future survival.  This video shows the process placing a young Red-Shouldered Hawk that had fallen from its original nest into a replacement nest, allowing it to be reunited with its mother.  [4:04]

Wild Brunch Honoree Tribute Video

This year, we were very pleased to honor an extraordinary individual for her philanthropic and humanitarian contributions to animals and children: Lisa Newell, DVM, 10-year CWC Board member and veterinarian at Malibu Coast Animal Hospital, recipient of the 2011 Free Spirit Award. Dr. Lisa was presented with the award by her close friend Brooke Burke, at The Wild Brunch fundraiser: Give A Hoot, on September 25, 2011, following the premier of this tribute video. Congratulations Dr. Lisa! Thank you for the time and love you have given all our creatures, big and small! [6.44]

Essential CWC

Every day our human world collides with nature. Watch some of the highlights of CWC’s professional staff and trained volunteers as they demonstrate Care in Action!

California Sea Lion – from Rescue to Release

This 290 lb. male sea lion, suffering from malnutrition, was rescued by CWC’s Marine Mammal Response Team on August 27. After being cared for at the Marine Mammal Care Center, he was released on October 9. He is now back enjoying his ocean home. Video provided courtesy of the Marine Mammal Care Center at Ft. MacArthur.

Little Stinkers

These baby skunks were brought to California Wildlife Center after they were abandoned. Fortunately for them, CWC has expanded its care of rabies vector species to include skunks and bats. Check out these furry little wonders! Photos and video by Jonsie Ross. [2:28]


California Bat

This video is about one of our newest patients, a California Bat (Myotis californicus). They are one of the smallest bats in the United States. This one is about one month old and did very well in the care of California Wildlife Center’s Rabies Vector Unit. Bats can sometimes carry rabies, so should only be handled by trained professionals. This one is so young that the need for gloves is not necessary. Photos and video by Jonsie Ross. [2:42]

Fawn Release

As the only rehabilitation facility in Southern California currently permitted and able to rehabilitate fawns, CWC staff and volunteers were thrilled when they were able to release six Mule Deer Fawns in early September 2009. This is their journey back to the wild! Photos and video by Jonsie Ross. [4:41]

Yearling Elephant Seal Rescue on Malibu Road

CWC’s Marine Mammal Response Team rescuing a yearling elephant seal suffering from cookie cutter shark bite wounds. Video by Jonsie Ross. [8:00]

Wily Coyote Release

Check out this California Wildlife Center coyote release…these five coyotes had been rehabbing at the Center for a few months and were released on October 23, 2006. It is important to note that CWC does not release coyotes in inhabited places near people; when they are ready, we release them way up in the mountains away from populated areas, so they can, well, BE coyotes. Video and photos by Jonsie Ross. [4:02]

Abandoned Fawns Release

After caring for three abandoned fawns, CWC rehabilitated and released them October 20, 2007. Video and photos by Jonsie Ross. [6:20]

A Hoot of a Rescue

This Burrowing Owl was trapped for five days in the entrance way to a local Walmart…California Wildlife Center to the rescue! Video and photos by Nick and Jonsie Ross, November 12, 2006. [4:34]

Great Horned Owl Release

These two owls were found abandoned at a very young age, at the home of John and Robby Mazza. CWC successfully rescued, rehabilitated and released them back at the beautiful home where they were found – a true team effort!  Video by Jonsie Ross. Photos by Victoria Harris, October 2007. [6:02]

Saving Goliath (Sea Lion Rescue, Malibu)

It was no small task to rescue an 800-lb sea lion that was trapped beneath a Malibu beach house in January 2007. Video by Jonsie Ross. [9:44]

Wild Aid Music Video

California Wildlife Center (CWC), a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to giving sick, injured and orphaned wildlife a second chance. CWC’s continuing commitment to providing paramedic rescue, medical and rehabilitative care for more than 3,200 animals each year, is made possible by donations generated through fundraising events like WILD AID held at the Roxy Theatre on November 15, 2009. Soundtrack courtesy of WILD AID event performers: Thick as Thieves, Moi, Kelly Dalton and Los Pinguos. [3:22]

Mule Deer/Fawn Release, October 2011

Featuring…Five Fantastic Fawns

After months of care from infancy to rehabilitation and preparation, California Wildlife Center released five orphaned Mule Deer fawns in October.

Enjoy watching them as they cautiously emerge from CWC’s fawn enclosure onto the Backbone Trail in Calabasas

Ten little crows

Ten of the baby crows California Wildlife Center raised were released in Westlake Village in October 2011.Video by Animal Care Coordinator Denys Hemen. [3:06]

Three Pups Go Back Home

California Wildlife Center Marine Mammal Team from Kim Barker on Vimeo.

California Wildlife Center’s Marine Mammal Rescue Team and the important work they do for marine wildlife in distress along the coast of Malibu.  [2:40]

Marine Mammal Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release!

California Wildlife Center rescued and cared for three orphaned coyote pups; they were rehabbed for five months and then released deep in the Santa Monica Mountains. Video by CWC Animal Care Coordinator Denys Hemen [1:42]