The orca, or killer whale, is the largest member of the dolphin family – an adult male can grow up to nine metres long and weigh a colossal 10 tonnes..
Streamlined and powerful, the orca is one of the ocean’s fastest mammals, reaching up to 56 km/hour. Orca are also intelligent, good communicators and extremely social; with some choosing to stay with their maternal pod for life. Found from Pole to Equator, pods can cover up to 100 miles a day searching for food.
Orca are under threat in the wild from fishing nets, plastic and chemical pollution and a reduction in food stocks due to overfishing. The practice of taking individuals from the wild to be kept in cramped tanks and exploited for entertainment is also a problem. We are opposed to the keeping of orca in captivity, and work with like-minded organisations to raise awareness of the physical and mental suffering these conditions cause.
Help care for a wild orca with an animal adoption, and you'll receive an exclusive adoption pack containing a soft toy, animal story, species fact sheet, personalised certificate and glossy photo. Plus, we’ll also send you our Adopt magazine twice a year with updates on all our wildlife adoptions – perfect for animal lovers.
Adoptions last one year (those paid by monthly direct debit roll over until cancelled).
We believe in helping to conserve wild orca populations and campaign against the exploitation and confinement of orcas in captivity.
Every year wild orca are separated from their families to live out their lives in tanks performing tricks to crowds. Those born in captivity are taken from their mothers at a young age, to be transferred to other facilities. As a result, individuals experience isolation and boredom, have reduced life spans, and become susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections.
Funds from your adoption will help the Born Free-supported Orcalab, which monitors wild populations. By better understanding orca behaviour, we can safeguard the future of this intelligent mammal.
Founded in 1970, Orcalab is a research station based in Canada, which monitors and protects orca off British Columbia. You can help protect wild orca by adopting Springer below.
It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.Sir David Attenborough
Your money will help:
Research, monitor and protect orca pods in Canada
Support policy work to campaign against the keeping of orca and other cetaceans in captivity
Springer lost her mother when she was just a baby and was too small to survive alone. She was found swimming near Seattle, USA. The entertainment industry wanted her in captivity, but Springer was identified by her unique calls and reunited with her family pod near Vancouver Island, Canada.
She now swims free and has calves of her own. Springer and her family are monitored by Orcalab. Your adoption will help us support their vital work.
Help us provide the protection she needs.
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We will process and send your order within 3 working days, and would normally expect it to arrive within 7 working days to addresses within the UK. All UK orders are sent via Royal Mail 2nd class delivery. Please allow 28 days for delivery on overseas orders. Please note – we cannot hold orders for delivery on a specific date.
Orders do not need to be signed for, but come in a box which won’t fit through the letterbox so you will need to be available to accept the delivery. A card will be left if you’re unavailable.
The adoption certificate can be personalised with the name of your choice, and delivery arranged to a separate address.
Call our customer support team on 01403 240170.