ORCA ORGANIZATION FOR RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION OF AQUATIC ANIMALS
The eastern South Pacific Ocean is one of the most bio-diverse marine areas of the world. Discover whales, dolphins and the amazing marine creatures that inhabit the Peruvian coast.
In Peru, human impact causes over 80% of marine mammal stranding. It is through humane actions that impact upon marine life can be reduced. Learn what we do when a marine mammal is stranded and how you can join us to help them.
Our long term education programs reach a variety of audiences changing the way we look and relate with marine life. The future of the oceans is in your hands, we are all part of the solutions to take care of the world we share.
Our rehabilitation program runs all year and each patient need critical care. To cover these expenses, we require your support so our patients can make it back into the ocean. Join our work by adopting a unique marine patient!
For over 14 years, ORCA has pioneered in marine conservation in Peru developing rescue operations, veterinary sciences, education campaigns and conservation strategies with vanguard research, ocean culture and ethical values as the pillars for the enhancement of marine mammalogy and the protection of the marine ecosystem.
THE SOUTH PACIFIC MARINE MAMMAL CENTER
At our Center, ORCA provides veterinary care for sea-lions, dolphins, marine otters and penguins. We have successfully treated over a hundred cases of gastritis, pneumonia, fractures, septicemia, kidney failure and many more disorders. ORCA's pioneering veterinary science research includes the discovery of cancer in South American sea-lions, the presence of distemper virus in sea-lion rookeries along the coast, and the successfull treatment of a bottle-nose dolphin that presented with pneumonia, the first one ever rescued, rehabilitated, released and resighted in Peru.
OUR PATIENTS & CASES
Sea-lions have complex behaviors, personalities and vocalizations (their language). Dolphins, fur seals, marine otters and penguins physiology and behavior require knowledge and expertise to meet their medical needs. At ORCA we work with these characteristics in order to treat our patients on a case by case basis. Our Ethology and Cognition Program, enhances the rehabilitation process by psychological methodology to asserting cognitive behavior in each of our respective patients according to the species, stranding cause, treatment and human interaction