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

Kiev, Ukraine

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

Bow, Washington

E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, Freeport, Florida

Kampala, Uganda

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

  • YouTube - White Circle

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