WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Save the New Zealand dolphin

WDC wants to create large safe havens in every ocean of the world to protect the places whales and dolphins live. You can help us protect the places they choose to feed, breed, raise their young, rest and socialize. We especially need your help to save the critically endangered New Zealand dolphin

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1014705)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£3,000

Amount raised

£8,400

Donations

92

    Category

  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation

    Helping

Location

  • It's not enough to save whales and dolphins from harpoons and nets. We have to save their habitat - their homes in the sea.

    — Erich Hoyt, WDC

  • It's not enough to save whales and dolphins from harpoons and nets. We have to save their habitat - their homes in the sea.

    — Erich Hoyt, WDC

Situation

In 1970, there were 30,000 New Zealand dolphins. Today there are just 7,000. Fishing nets kill these unique little dolphins and they are dying at a catastrophic rate. And for the small subpopulation around New Zealand’s North Island, known as the Maui’s dolphin, the situation is even more critical – there are fewer than 100 left alive! All the dolphins need to ensure their future is a safe place to live – an area free from the death-nets that could cause their extinction.

Solution

We need to persuade the New Zealand Government to create a New Zealand Dolphin Sanctuary, banning gill and trawl nets in areas shallower than 100m. We will save an entire species! Creating this sanctuary could mean the difference between life and death for the 7,000 dolphins alive today. If the Government creates this vital sanctuary, the population could start to increase again. WDC is working to create safe homes for whales and dolphins in every ocean of the world.