[MARMAM] International Save the Vaquita Day

Thomas Jefferson sclymene at aol.com
Mon Jul 2 14:51:23 PDT 2018

Dear MARMAMers,
This Saturday, July7th, is International Save the Vaquita Day!! This is an annual event similar toEarth Day, but with a specific focus on raising awareness and appreciation ofthe world’s most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita (Phocoena sinus).  Events around the globe direct the attentionof people to the plight of this tiny porpoise species, and what needs to bedone to save it from extinction.  There are booths, games, music, freeprizes, educational brochures, inspirational talks, face painting, and severallife-size models of vaquitas on hand to draw attention to and appreciation ofthe vaquita, Mexico’s “Panda of the Sea”.
The primary goal isto make as many people as possible aware of the vaquita and its plight, andspur them to act.  The species is nearly extinct, with <30 individualsleft, and is declining at about 50% per year!  We will have a simplemessage for folks about what they can do to help.  Secondary goals are togather signatures for our petitions to the Mexican government, and supportother vaquita conservation efforts.  The event is designed to be fun, aswell as educational, and kid-friendly!  Go to our website for more more informationand a complete list of locations:
We hope you will joinus on this Saturday!
VIVA Vaquita
Tom Jefferson <sclymene at aol.com>
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