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Donate and help us protect Southern Resident killer whales

The Southern Resident killer whales are critically endangered. We’re working to save them. You can help.

Help us save killer whales

Now is the time to act

“Government and independent analyses of this population indicate a 25 to 49% risk of extinction this century if conditions don’t improve. The good news is they can also recover if we reduce vessel disturbance and increase the availability of Chinook salmon.” – Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director at Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Save the whales: A decade of action for Southern Residents

For the last 10 years, Raincoast has been using science, public education and the courts to try and protect Canada’s endangered population of salmon-eating killer whales. With their salmon stocks in decline and targeted by fisheries, and a noisy and polluted ocean, they face extinction under existing conditions.

The good news is they can recover if these conditions are reversed.

The path forward: your support matters

As of January 2019, the population of 74 Southern Resident killer whales has had no successful births since 2015. A 2017 study on their birth rates found nearly 70% of detected pregnancies failed due to nutritional stress associated with lack of prey.

Lack of prey is due to both the abundance of Chinook and boat noise and disturbance that interferes with their ability to catch them. Raincoast’s population viability assessment and those conducted by government scientists indicate SRKWs face a 25% to 49% risk of extinction (respectively) in the next 100 years if their threats aren’t reduced.

The good news is that a calf was born in January 2019 and these whales can recover if we reduce vessel disturbance and increase the availability of Chinook salmon.

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