The Southern Resident orcas in the Northwest are disappearing at an alarming rate. Only 76 individuals are left, and last month, two more died – one, a young male, just two-and-a-half years old, who succumbed to starvation, malnutrition and toxic poisoning.
Southern Resident orcas have been declining for decades, largely due to the scarcity of the endangered salmon that make up 80 percent of their diet. That, coupled with the pollution and contamination of the food chain, has left orcas sick and struggling to find food.
Defenders is working to reduce toxic contamination in the orcas’ food supply. We’re helping to remove outdated dams and increase and restore vital salmon habitat so that orcas will have plenty of healthy salmon to eat.
Donate today to help us save Southern Resident orcas and other imperiled wildlife before they disappear forever.