Help us tell the world about the vaquita
and make a last stand against extinction!
What is International Save the Vaquita Day?
International Save the Vaquita Day 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”.
What is the goal?
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 <15 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 will happen this year?
Due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions, ISTV Day 2020 was a virtual event, with an all-day live-streaming of various content. No in-person events were held. As in the past, the primary goal was to make as many people as possible aware of the vaquita and its plight, and to get them to act to help. Because the COVID pandemic is still with us, this year’s event will also be a virtual one. The 2021 agenda will be shown below – please check back frequently for updates, as the plan evolves.