The Southern Resident killer whale has been endangered since 2005, and only 78 animals remain in the Pacific Northwest. Human activity and a sharp decrease in populations of Chinook salmon - the whale’s main food source - continue to hinder its recovery.

By funding projects that address salmon research and the monitoring of killer whale health and habitat restoration, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, SeaWorld, Shell, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hope to increase the killer whale population off the coast of Washington state.

Watch a brief video about the Killer Whale Research and Conservation Program.

Learn more about the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation and its partners.