Photo credit Paula Olson, permit Oficio No. DR/488/08 from the Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT)
IUCN: Critically Endangered | CITES: Appendix I | ESA: Endangered
Source: CIRVA 8, Aquarium of the Pacific
The vaquita is the most critically endangered cetacean in the world and can only be found in the northwestern corner of the Gulf of California, Mexico. This porpoise population is in rapid decline as a direct result of the animals being caught in fishing gillnets. The latest data estimates the population to have less than 30 individuals and the vaquita is in severe risk of going extinct.
Despite the tremendous efforts AZA members and partners have committed toward saving the vaquita, the species is still declining at an alarming rate and there is a clear need to approach conservation differently. AZA SAFE provides a new approach for collaborative conservation. Using a One Plan approach, conservationists working to save a species work together to identify and prioritize the conservation needs of a species and then develops a 3-year Conservation Action Plan (CAP). Each AZA SAFE Conservation Action Plan includes specific projects, goals, and actions that will address the needs of each species.
Learn more about the individual projects that comprise the AZA SAFE Vaquita Conservation Action Plan.
Marine Mammal TAG Chair: TBD
Marine Mammal TAG Vice Chair: TBD
Marine Mammal TAG Education Advisor: Ann Quinn, SeaWorld San Antonio
Video: Vaquita Call for Participation Webinar
Video: Vaquita Public Engagement Call for Participation Webinar
Video: Vaquita PSA - Aquarium of the Pacific
Video: Why we should care about vaquita - Barbara Taylor
Video: Souls of the Vermilion Sea - Searching for the Vaquita
Video: SOS Vaquita
For more information about AZA SAFE and its commitment to vaquita conservation, please contact SAFEvaquita@aza.org.
Join the effort by making a donation to AZA SAFE.