Species: Hawaiian Monk Seal.
Projects: The Monk Seal Foundation focuses on scientific, education, protection and recovery programmes to help the Hawaiian Monk Seal to survive in the wild.
They have begun a three year research study of the species in the Main Hawaiian Islands. This is in partnership with National Geographic, NOAA and The Marine Mammal Center to understand their feeding and underwater behaviour.
The organisation manages the Oahu and Molokai Monk Seal Response Teams who protect the seals during haulouts (when they temporarily leave the water usually to mate or give birth).
Their educational efforts include public service announcements, outreach programmes, video training and information distributed to schools and hotels. They have also set up the Hō’ike ā Maka project which allows two high school students to participate in fieldwork.
The Monk Seal Foundation is currently raising funds for the long term care of non-releasable seals who due to critical injuries or other environmental factors cannot survive in the wild.
How to help
You can help the Monk Seal Foundation by making a one-time, monthly or in-kind donation, by leaving a legacy or supporting their work by purchasing some of their books and toys.