Working to Save The Vaquita: Most Endangered Marine Mammal

Have you heard about vaquitas? They are the world’s most endangered marine mammal. With the entire population of the vaquita down to just 30 animals, urgent action must be taken.

Palm Beach Zoo is proud to be one of over 100 AZA facilities in 2017 to contribute towards an emergency rescue plan (VaquitaCPR) to save the vaquita species.

QUICK FACTS

  • 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 at grave risk of becoming extinct.

The crisis is due in part to illegal gillnet fishing. The vaquitas are caught and die in the nets used by illegal fishing operations to capture another endangered fish, the totoaba. The swim bladder of the totoaba is sold on the black-market in parts of Asia for large sums of money.

Palm Beach Zoo is proud to be one of over 100 AZA facilities in 2017 to contribute towards an emergency rescue plan (VaquitaCPR) to save the vaquita species. Together we helped raise more than $1.2 million dollars for the marine mammal. Unfortunately, the species is still declining at an alarming rate. If we don't work together, there may not be a 'Save the Vaquita Day' in 2018. #SaveTheVaquita

 

 


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