Orca Conservancy is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working on behalf of Orcinus orca, the killer whale, and protecting the wild places on which it depends.
Orca Conservancy teams up with some of the world’s top research institutions and environmental groups to address the most critical issues now facing wild orcas. Our urgent attention has been on the Endangered Southern Resident orcas of Puget Sound. These three pods, the Js, Ks and Ls, are declining rapidly due to the depletion of prey resources, the accumulation of marine toxins, increased acoustic disturbance and harassment, and the destruction of nearshore habitats, the nurseries of our Inland Sea. Our people are leaders in safeguarding critical areas, in advocating creative and effective oil spill prevention measures, and in working with whale watchers and scientists to create effective new wildlife encounters.
Orca Conservancy is committed to the welfare of all whales and dolphins, and an authoritative source for information on captive Cetacea and on-going studies on the feasibility of returning these remarkable animals to the wild.
Orca Conservancy was a successful Petitioner and Litigant in historic U.S. District Court case to list Southern Resident orcas as “Endangered” under the U.S. Endangered Species Act — the first-ever federal protection for the population. We were also a leader in the Springer Project, the first-ever successful translocation and reintroduction of a wild killer whale, a rescue that captured the attention of the world and honored and acknowledged by National Marine Fisheries Service for its leadership in the Springer Project, both as Orca Conservancy and as founding member of a coalition of non-profit organizations raising $266,000 USD toward the effort.