Research on Killer whales ex situ

The Killer whale is the top predator of the oceans and the most widely distributed mammal species on the planet, and therefore its ecological role is critical. Although the species is not considered threatened globally, there are local populations with conservation problems, and there is reason to fear that in the near future a taxonomic reorganization of the species may result in a threatened group.

Conservation status: Category DD (Data Deficient) in the IUCN Red List.
Wild population: 50.000, decreasing.
Captive population: 50

Objectives
Improve scientific knowledge on the species.

Strategies
Seize the unique opportunity offered by orcas and dolphins in human care to conduct research that can help conserve wild populations of cetaceans.

Actions:
Since 2006 Loro Parque Fundación has funded numerous studies, some related to the determination of their diet, the study of dialects and forms of communication, their behaviour, their hearing and remote measurement of their physical condition.

Spain
Estrecho de Gibraltar

Partners
Universidad de La Laguna
Free University of Berlin
Universidad de St. Andrews

Other organizations involved
University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Funds since 2006: 848,553 $

Orcinus orca