Caring Together for Beluga Whales
Our beluga whales are incredibly important environmental ambassadors since they represent a part of the world facing significant challenges – the Arctic. These gentle, social animals capture the hearts of millions of people – most who would not otherwise know that belugas exist – and help form a deep connection between humans and the natural world. By educating guests about beluga whales at Georgia Aquarium, we can raise awareness to conserve and protect this species in the wild.
There are multiple threats to beluga whales in their natural environment, including the depletion of natural resources and the melting of polar ice caps in the Arctic. The beluga whale is listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as “Near Threatened” worldwide, and “Critically Endangered” in Anchorage, Alaska and two areas of Canada. In order to ensure the survival of this species, we are committed to our conservation initiatives to protect belugas globally.
As part of our dedication to belugas, we implement a four-tiered approach to conserving and protecting this species:
- Educational initiatives that inspire others to conserve belugas and their natural habitats
- Participation in cooperative breeding and research programs among North America's accredited institutions, and applying known and successful practices to build a sustainable population
- Conservation and research of belugas in human care and their natural environment
- Sharing our knowledge and experience with the international scientific and conservation community
Georgia Aquarium’s animal care staff are experts in veterinary care and husbandry, with more than 100 years of combined experience caring for belugas. We love all of our animals, and demonstrate this every day by giving the highest quality care reflecting all we've learned about animal nutrition, veterinary methods, enrichment, training and research.
Show that you care about the future of belugas by joining the Caring Together Club to learn more about our conservation efforts and what we’re doing to save beluga whales, and other animals, worldwide.