About Us

About the Adoption Program


Through the symbolic adoption of a wild killer, the Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program raises funds to support conservation-oriented research on wild killer whales by the Marine Mammal Research Program.

Founded in 1992 by well-known killer whale researcher Dr. John Ford to help cover operational costs of the Cetacean Research Program, the program continues today to be a source of funding for the research carried out by killer whale expert Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard, director of the Marine Mammal Research Program.

Killer whales in British Columbia are listed as either endangered or threatened under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. Learning everything we can about killer whales is paramount to ensure the best standards and regulations are set to protect them.

Our parent institution, Ocean Wise Conservation Association, is a non-profit conservation organization. This means that our research projects – such as the photogrammetry study and our genetics research – rely on grants, donations, and our fundraising program, the Wild Killer Whale Adoption Program. Funds raised through the Adoption Program directly help to offset research costs. A substantial portion of the funds goes towards the Marine Mammal Research Program’s annual killer whale field research and analyzing DNA samples in our Conservation Genetics Lab.

Your adoption of a wild killer whale directly helps to offset these costs and make research possible. Adopt now!

How will my adoption help wild killer whales?

Learning everything we can about killer whales provides us with the information and motivation we need to protect them. We’ve learned a lot in the last 30 years, but our work is not done.

With your support, by symbolically adopting a wild killer whale, our conservation-oriented research will continue to be used to help protect these magnificent animals and their important habitat.

Check out our research page for more information on the projects directly supported by the adoption program.

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