Human activities threaten animals and habitats across the world. Through our Endangered Species and Habitats Program, we have been actively working to protect ecosystems from human impact and conserve threatened animals and habitats for more than 20 years.
Our conservation projects span the world—from the Phoenix Islands of the South Pacific to the Amazon Rainforest and Canada’s Bay of Fundy. We successfully lobbied to move commercial shipping lanes out of critical right whale habitats, were instrumental in the creation of the world’s largest Marine Protected Area and continue to breed and raise several threatened or endangered species behind the scenes at the New England Aquarium.
The North Atlantic right whale is one of the rarest large whales in the world. We are working to conserve this critically endangered whale by reducing the risk of ship strikes, decreasing the threat of fishing gear entanglement and increasing our knowledge of right whale behavior, genetic characteristics and population structure.
The Phoenix Islands are more than 1,000 miles southwest of Hawaii—far enough away from the rest of the world that they are still largely unharmed by human actions. This isolated island chain is home to one of Earth’s last intact oceanic coral archipelago ecosystems. The coral reefs teem with life and the tropical skies are alive with seabirds—proof that this remains one of the most pristine places left on our planet.
Each November, anywhere from 25 to 150 young sea turtles—most of them critically endangered Kemp’s ridleys—are rescued from the chilly waters and beaches of Cape Cod Bay. They are brought to the veterinarians at the New England Aquarium with extreme hypothermia, severe dehydration, pneumonia and often shell or bone fractures.
One of the smallest and rarest dolphins in the world, the strikingly colored and very social Hector’s dolphin is threatened by human activities. Through our research, we help guide policymakers as they develop conservation strategies to preserve these endangered dolphins and educate the public about this rare and special animal.Project Piaba, we are working with fishermen in the Amazon rainforest to create a sustainable fishery centered around the cardinal tetra. This collaborative project helps local fishermen develop a stable income through the sustainable use of their natural resources.