"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."



The National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF) has a mission to improve and protect life for marine mammals, humans, and our shared oceans through scienceserviceeducation.


Our vision is to be the leading laboratory in marine mammal science, where critical questions about marine mammal health, welfare, and conservation are answered by an unparalleled team of experts, and significant contributions are made locally and globally through science and education.

NMMF’s decades of service and experience allow us to partner with leaders in the scientific community to conduct high-priority investigations into marine mammal acoustics, conservation, and medicine. Significant scientific breakthroughs are continually being made by the NMMF.


Dr. Sam Houston Ridgway
DVM, PhD, DACZM (1936 - 2022)

Project-specific giving opportunities.


After almost a year in the making, the NMMF presents to you the opportunity to have a one on one virtual chat with none other than the dolphin doctor himself.

JANE: Justice & Action Network for the Earth

Conservation scientists, wildlife crime investigators, and award-winning filmmakers join forces to save endangered species.

Franciscana Dolphin Conservation

In order to ensure the continued survival of this species, there is an urgent need for coordinated veterinary conservation efforts.

Vaquita Conservation

Facilitating an international collaboration to save the vaquita porpoise from extinction.


NMMF researchers, animal care experts and scientists advance the world’s knowledge in marine mammal biology and medicine. We study how human-made sound and changes to the environment impact marine mammals.

We are proud to protect the health and well-being of the U.S. Navy’s marine mammals. This important work allows the NMMF team to serve and protect wild marine mammal populations and inform critical conservation approaches.

Our team strives to foster the next generation of scientists and ocean ambassadors. As part of our commitment to education, we take our message of conservation and research to schools, organizations, and public events nationwide.


2022 Season of giving

The Season of Giving has commenced! Thank you to everyone who has chosen to support us year-round; your support during end-of-year giving will allow us to start 2023 invigorated and ready to create meaningful change for our oceans, marine mammals, and community.

Meta will be matching your donations through Dec 31st, but in order to match it, you will need to set up a recurring donation of $100 or less. Only donations made through the Facebook platform will be eligible for a matching donation.