The Marine Mammal Center and Wild Lens


Guided and inspired by a shared vision of a healthy ocean for marine mammals and humans alike, The Marine Mammal Center advances global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education. Headquartered in the Marin Headlands since 1975, the Center has rescued more than 20,000 marine mammals, primarily along the California coast.

But now, scientific experts at the Center are turning their attention toward the vaquita, the world’s most endangered marine mammal. Found only in the northern waters of the Gulf of California, just 60 of these small porpoises are alive today and their population is decreasing at an astonishing rate. The struggle to save this imperiled species is brought to life in “Souls of the Vermilion Sea: Searching for the Vaquita,” a short film by Wild Lens, a nonprofit video production company focused on addressing wildlife conservation issues.

Join Dr. Frances Gulland, senior scientist at The Marine Mammal Center, and Wild Lens president and co-founder Matthew Podolsky, as they discuss the film, the desperate plight of the vaquita, and their hope for this species.

Big Life Foundation

Co-founded in 2010 by photographer Nick Brandt and award-winning conservationist Richard Bonham, Big Life’s inspiration comes from envisioning a world where conservation supports the people and people support conservation. Big Life has implemented this vision by empowering and employing local Maasai to become rangers and thus ambassadors for the wildlife and lands in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem of East Africa, which spans 2 million acres and is home to one of the greatest populations of elephants left in the region.

The first organization in East Africa to use coordinated anti-poaching teams on both sides of the Kenya-Tanzania border, Big Life uses highly successful and innovative conservation strategies to protect and sustain East Africa’s wildlife.

Join Associate Director Amy Baird as she discusses Big Life’s current projects and accomplishments and learn how these strategies can be replicated in other regions where poaching is decimating wildlife populations. Due to the groundbreaking work of Big Life, there is now hope for the future of one of nature’s most majestic creatures to not only survive but thrive.



Kaminando created its Habitat Connectivity Initiative in 2014 aiming to protect the threatened habitat and wildlife within the Mamoní Valley Preserve, Panama. The project aims to better understand the composition of wildlife communities in this montane cloud forest, an ecologically significant zone within Panama. Kaminando advocates forest connectivity to sustain healthy wildlife populations and a harmonious human-wildlife co-existence. Kaminando’s research throughout the valley contributes to empowering local communities with environmental education to ultimately benefit the alarming habitat degradation in the region.

Join Co-founders Milton Yacelga and Kimberly Craighead to learn more about their conservation work and current jaguar study. Jaguars are one of the most recognized and iconic cat species on the planet that thrive in pristine habitats. As apex predators at the top of the food chain, jaguars are critical in maintaining the ecological balance of the landscape where they live. Forest fragmentation and habitat loss are threatening their survival throughout the species range. Kaminando’s study uses photographic imagery to follow the path of the near threatened jaguar within the Isthmus of Panama; a vital link for jaguar survival.