Join VIVA Vaquita and dozens of other organizations to celebrate the vaquita on Saturday, 7 July 2018! This event focuses attention on Mexico’s little porpoise, which is the most endangered marine mammal in the world. There may be as few as 10-12 vaquitas left on the planet (with none in captivity), and 2018 may be our last chance to change the vaquita’s fortunes. The species numbers are crashing, due to the use of illegal gillnets in Mexico, and demand for fishery products in China.
International Save the Vaquita Day events are all respectful of Mexican fishing culture, and include a number of fun activities, such as face painting, children’s games, free raffles, film viewings, etc. And of course, there will be lots of up-to-date information about the vaquita, and how people can help to try and save the species from extinction.
We are currently planning 27 venues in various cities in the US, and 9 international locations. Most events will occur on 7 July, but a few will be on different days (for logistical reasons). Check our website regularly for planned venues and updates, along with links to venue locations:
We hope you will be able to join us for this important global event. See you on Saturday, 7 July and viva la vaquita!
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).