Cape Cod exhibits help visitors learn about marine ecosystems

At the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), we rescue and protect animals in more than 40 countries…

…and right here on Cape Cod.

Based on the Cape since 1977, IFAW has a special concern for the quality of life on this fragile peninsula and for the protection of the coastal environment that surrounds us.

If you’re local, you have probably seen us rescue a stranded dolphin in Wellfleet or disentangle a seal from fishing line in Chatham. Or maybe you have passed one of our rescue trailers on the road and wondered where we were heading.

Want to learn more?

Visit one of our local partners this summer and discover more about animals, our shared environment and what we can all do to make the world a better place for animals and people.

Cape Cod National Seashore: See our expansive “One Cape Cod” photograph exhibit highlighting the local marine environment. Admission is free and the IFAW display will be up through the end of August. The Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham and is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

Chatham Shark Center: Visit the Chatham Shark Center and learn about sharks, seals and many other marine animals. IFAW’s exhibit features a touchscreen display with a seal identification game, videos and more. The center is open Thursday through Sunday for the summer from 1-4 pm.

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History: Bring your child to the museum this summer to see the permanent IFAW-sponsored exhibit. Children signed up for the KidSummer Day Program will also be doing hands-on activities that help them understand local nature. The museum is located at 869 Main Street/Route 6A in Brewster. They’re open every day throughout the summer from 9:30 am-4:00 pm.


If you can’t make it to the Cape this summer, get involved another way with IFAW.

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Brian Sharp, Emergency Relief Officer, Stranding Coordinator
Manager, Marine Mammal Rescue and Research
Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation
Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation Program
Matt Collis, Director, International Policy
Director, International Policy
Patrick Ramage, Program Director, Whales
Program Director, Marine Conservation