The orca, or "killer whale" (Orcinus orca) is a toothed whale and is the largest member of the dolphin family. It is highly social and composed of matrilineal family groups. The Pacific Northwest is home to the most endangered orca population in the world: southern resident orcas. There are only 75 southern resident orcas left in the wild. This is the lowest the population has been in over 30 years.
Southern resident orcas, a genetically distinct group of killer whales, may disappear within decades unless action is taken. Your adoption helps Defenders of Wildlife work closely with a coalition of local and national environmental groups and scientists to ensure that these icons of the Salish Sea are protected by addressing the three major threats to their survival: prey availability, toxic pollution, and noise disturbance.
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Named "America's Best Wildlife Charity" by Reader's Digest, Defenders of Wildlife has been a leading innovator in developing the most effective ways to conserve imperiled wildlife and wild lands for over 65 years. Your adoption donation will immediately be put to use where it is most needed to achieve these goals.