BENEFITING: AMERICAN ASSOCIATON OF ZOO KEEPERS
Beers For A Porpoise is a fundraising event that is being held on March 23rd in San Diego, CA. This event is raising funds for the Ridge to Reef Initiative that focuses on the California condor, bighorn sheep, peninsular pronghorn, and vaquita, all species that are endangered and in immediate need of our assistance. For this event, we are focusing on the critically endangered vaquita, whose numbers have plummeted to 30 and whose threat to survival is due to accidental entanglement in nets used for fishing.
The fundraising event is taking place at the Coronado Brewing Company (1205 Knoxville Street, San Diego, CA 92110) on March 23rd from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm. Ridge to Reef is a community-based conservation initiative that unites components of San Diego Zoo Global projects in the southwest United States and northwest Mexico. This initiative emphasizes collaboration with Mexican residents and organizations to provide participatory and place-based education strategies, relevant conservation information, and methods to engage the community in the conservation of the vaquita.
The vaquita is the world’s smallest and most endangered cetacean (a type of porpoise) found only in a 2,500 square kilometer portion of the upper Gulf of California. Small, shy creatures that feed in shallow sections of the Gulf, the vaquita is often caught in illegal gillnets from the totoaba fishery.
Despite government effort only 30 vaquitas remain and without prompt and drastic action the vaquita will likely go extinct within the next few years. Faced with extinction, March has been named international Month of the Vaquita and 2017 has been named Year of the Vaquita.
If you aren't able to make the event or just would like to assist with this worthwhile cause, we encourage you to give a donation to help us help the very endangered vaquita.