INTERNATIONAL SAVE THE VAQUTA DAY
In 2013, Muskwa had a dream. What if a single, unified event could take place on both coasts (plus Hawaii) of the United States, dedicated to raising awareness of the obscure vaquita porpoise? The idea grew out of an awareness event initially created with the Waikiki Aquarium of Honolulu, the first aquarium to support what would eventually become International Save the Vaquita Day. With the help of allied organizations (especially the American Cetacean Society) and participating aquariums, National Save the Vaquita Day 2013 encompassed 10 venues in Hawaii, California, Oregon, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Massachusetts.
The next year, with the broader participation of the VIVA Vaquita Coalition and additional allied groups, National Save the Vaquita Day became International Save the Vaquita Day, with events in Mexico, Hong Kong, Australia, Austria, and the Netherlands in addition to an expanded group of venues in the United States.
2015's International Save the Vaquita Day expanded even further, adding Argentina to the list of countries that have hosted an "ISTVD" event.
2016's International Save the Vaquita Day will take place on July 9, 2016, and will include venues in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Australia, and Ukraine.
Muskwa will hosted or supported venues at the following locations:
Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco, California, USA
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California, USA
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Los Angeles (San Pedro), California, USA
La Paz watefront, Baja California Sur, Mexico
New Delhi, India
Point Vicente Interpretive Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA
Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Muskwa Continued to support International Save the Vaquita Day in 2017, and in 2018 Muskwa hosted or supported venues at:
Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro, California
Pt. Vicente Interpretive Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, California
E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, Freeport, Florida
Kinsasha, Democractic Republic of the Congo
Sea Lion Center, San Francisco, California
La Paz Waterfront, Baja California Sur, Mexico
For more information about ISTVD events, visit http://www.vivavaquita.org/international-save-the-vaquita-day-2018.html