Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
|Type||Conservation Charity (Registered Charity No. 1014705)|
|Method||Research, Conservation, Lobbying and Negotiation.|
|Chris Butler-Stroud (Chief Executive)|
|Slogan||A world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.|
(WDC) Whale and Dolphin Conservation is a wildlife charity that is dedicated solely to the worldwide conservation and welfare of all whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans). WDC is a founding partner of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS, also known as Bonn Convention), which is part of the United Nations Environment Program. The organisation also develops regional protection agreements and conventions and closely cooperates with the Killer Whale research station OrcaLab in British Columbia, Canada.
WDC was established in 1987, its headquarters are in Chippenham in Wiltshire, UK. Until late 2012, it was known as the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. Today it is the largest international NGO solely dedicated to the protection of cetaceans and their living environments. WDC operates world wide with offices in Germany, Australia, Argentina, Great Britain and the United States.
Wildlife visitor centres
The flagship Scottish Dolphin Centre is based at the mouth of the River Spey on the southern shore of the Moray Firth on the east coast of Scotland. They also run the Dolphin and Seal Centre along the coast at North Kessock. Both centres are close to Chanonry Point which is reputed to be one of the best spots in the UK to view Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) from the land.
- WDC Homepage
- Cetacean Habitat website
- ACCOBAMS website
- ASCOBANS website
- Declaration of rights for cetaceans