Help us save the world's most endangered marine mammal species!

Help us tell the world about the vaquita on July 8, 2017!

A group of people gathered in front of the Mexican Embassy in Washington DC, International Save the Vaquita Day 2015
A large group of people on the beach in Hong Kong holding a banner that reads: HK: Save Vaquita
A man gives a talk while holding a model of a vaquita during International Save the Vaquita Day 2015

Washington, DC, USA

Hong Kong

La Paz, Mexico

What is International Save the Vaquita Day?

The first Saturday after the 4th of July has been designated as International Save the Vaquita Day!! This is intended to be an annual event similar to Earth Day, but with a specific focus on raising awareness and appreciation of the world’s most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita (Phocoena sinus).  Events around the globe direct the attention of people to the plight of this tiny porpoise species, and what needs to be done to save it from extinction.  There are booths, games, music, free prizes, educational brochures, inspirational talks, face painting, and several life-size models of vaquitas on hand to draw attention to and appreciation of the vaquita, Mexico’s “Panda of the Sea”.

The primary goal is to make as many people as possible aware of the vaquita and its plight, and spur them to act.  The species is nearly extinct, with only <30 individuals left, and declining at about 50% per year!  We will have a simple message for folks about what they can do to help.  Secondary goals are to gather signatures for our petitions to the Mexican government, and also to raise additional funds for future educational and research work on the vaquita.  The event is designed to be fun, as well as educational, and kid-friendly!

What is the goal?

In 2016, we organized International Save the Vaquita Day (ISTV Day) on Saturday, July 9th.  This event featured over 30 booths and other venues at sites in southern California, various cities in the US, and all over the world.  The venues included 12 aquaria and 9 museums.  There were experts on hand to answer questions, educational demonstrations, seminars, children’s games and events, face-painting, brochures and coloring books, etc.  At one site (Seaport Village in San Diego) there was even live music – the LA-based surf-rock band Insect Surfers!

 

The primary goal was to make as many people as possible aware of the vaquita and its plight, and spur them to act.  The events were all very peaceful, and respectful of the Mexican fishing culture.  It is estimated that at least 15,895 people were educated about the vaquita at the various events on ISTV Day 2016.

What happened last year?

How to get involved:

Join an Event

 

If you would like to volunteer your time at an event near you, please contact us and let us know which venue, so we can get you in contact with the local coordinator.

 

View a list of venues

 

Click HERE to volunteer!

Donate to Support ISTVD

 

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We accept donations via PayPal through our fiscal sponsor, CETOS Research Organization

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List of 2017 Planned Venues:

 

 

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Location TBD

 

Tucson, Arizona, USA

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

 

Long Beach, California, USA

Aquarium of the Pacific

 

Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA

Pt. Vicente Interpretive Center

 

Newport Beach, California, USA

Newport Landing Whale Watching Office

 

Pacific Grove, California, USA

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

 

Monterey, California, USA - 6-8 PM

Monterey Bay Aquarium

 

San Pedro, California, USA

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

 

San Pedro, California, USA

ACS National Headquarters

 

Sacramento, California, USA

McKinley Park

 

San Diego, California, USA - Live Band! Millionaire Beach Bums

Seaport Village

 

San Diego, California, USA

San Diego Natural History Museum

 

San Diego (Chula Vista), California, USA

Living Coast Discovery Center

 

San Diego, California, USA

Cabrillo National Monument

 

San Francisco, California, USA

Aquarium of the Bay

 

Ventura, California, USA

Promenade/Pier

 

Davis, California, USA

Location TBD

 

Washington, DC, USA - This event will be on Thurs. 6 July

Mexican Embassy

 

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Waikiki Aquarium

 

Boise, Idaho, USA

Aquarium of Boise

 

New York, New York, USA

Location TBD

 

Newport, Oregon, USA

Oregon Coast Aquarium

 

Newport, Oregon, USA

OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center

 

Houston, Texas, USA

McClendon Park

 

 

Vienna, Austria

Street Corner Display

 

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver Aquarium

 

Hong Kong, China

Location TBD

 

Ensenada, Mexico

Museo del Caracol

 

La Paz, Mexico

Waterfront

 

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Planetarium

 

Cancun, Mexico

Waterfront Pier

 

Whitby, Yorkshire, UK

Whitby Bandstand

 

 

 

 

Photos taken under permit (Oficio No. DR/488/08 from the Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturale Protegidas (CONANP/Secretaría del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT), within a natural protected area subject to special management and decreed as such by the Mexican Government. This work was made possible thanks to the collaboration and support of the Coordinador de Investigación y Conservación de Mamíferos Marinos at the Instituto Nacional de Ecología (INE).

A group of people gathered in front of the Mexican Embassy in Washington DC, International Save the Vaquita Day 2015
A large group of people on the beach in Hong Kong holding a banner that reads: HK: Save Vaquita
A man gives a talk while holding a model of a vaquita during International Save the Vaquita Day 2015
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A group of people gathered in front of the Mexican Embassy in Washington DC, International Save the Vaquita Day 2015
A large group of people on the beach in Hong Kong holding a banner that reads: HK: Save Vaquita
A man gives a talk while holding a model of a vaquita during International Save the Vaquita Day 2015
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Help us tell the world about vaquita on July 9th

A group of people gathered in front of the Mexican Embassy in Washington DC, International Save the Vaquita Day 2015
A large group of people on the beach in Hong Kong holding a banner that reads: HK: Save Vaquita
A man gives a talk while holding a model of a vaquita during International Save the Vaquita Day 2015
Logo of CETOS Research, fiscal sponsor for VIVA Vaquita
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A group of people gathered in front of the Mexican Embassy in Washington DC, International Save the Vaquita Day 2015
A large group of people on the beach in Hong Kong holding a banner that reads: HK: Save Vaquita
A man gives a talk while holding a model of a vaquita during International Save the Vaquita Day 2015
Logo of CETOS Research, fiscal sponsor for VIVA Vaquita
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A large group of people on the beach in Hong Kong holding a banner that reads: HK: Save Vaquita
A group of people gathered in front of the Mexican Embassy in Washington DC, International Save the Vaquita Day 2015
A man gives a talk while holding a model of a vaquita during International Save the Vaquita Day 2015
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A large group of people on the beach in Hong Kong holding a banner that reads: HK: Save Vaquita
A man gives a talk while holding a model of a vaquita during International Save the Vaquita Day 2015
A group of people gathered in front of the Mexican Embassy in Washington DC, International Save the Vaquita Day 2015
Logo of CETOS Research, fiscal sponsor for VIVA Vaquita
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A large group of people on the beach in Hong Kong holding a banner that reads: HK: Save Vaquita
A man gives a talk while holding a model of a vaquita during International Save the Vaquita Day 2015
A group of people gathered in front of the Mexican Embassy in Washington DC, International Save the Vaquita Day 2015
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