Help us Raise Awareness for the World's Most Endangered Marine Mammal
International Save the Vaquita Day (July 18, 2020) is intended to be an annual event similar to Earth Day, but with a specific focus on raising awareness and appreciation of the world’s most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita (Phocoena sinus). Events around the globe direct the attention of people to the plight of this tiny porpoise species, and what needs to be done to save it from extinction. There are booths, educational brochures, inspirational talks, face painting etc. on hand at events around the world to draw attention to and appreciation of the vaquita, Mexico’s “Panda of the Sea”.
The primary goal is to make as many people as possible aware of the vaquita and its plight, and spur them to act. The species is nearly extinct, with only <30 individuals left, and declining at about 50% per year! We will have a simple message for folks about what they can do to help. Secondary goals are to gather signatures for our petitions to the Mexican government, and also to raise additional funds for future educational and research work on the vaquita. The event is designed to be fun, as well as educational, and kid-friendly!
As a volunteer for this event, you will be engaging members of the public to raise awareness for the vaquita porpoise and the conservation mission in Mexico.
- Toronto Zoo (The Toronto Zoo is an accredited zoological facility and non-profit organization in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at 2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7.)
- Vancouver Aquarium (The Vancouver Aquarium is a public aquarium located in Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at Avison Way, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2.)
Engage Audiences with Graphics and Video Content
Volunteers in this role help prepare multimedia content for our online and event audiences. They work from around the world, alone and in a team with other volunteers. They bring their own ideas to the creative process and help us communicate our conservation messages to an international audience.
To be considered for this role, in the “Why would you like to…” section, please provide examples of your work, e.g. a portfolio, website where you are credited, link to your YouTube profile, Facebook page etc.
- Virtual (This is a virtual role that you can perform from home. No physical presence at any of our locations is required.)
Help discover important habitats for harbour porpoise in B.C. and support our efforts to protect and conserve porpoises and their habitats
We are studying harbour porpoise, one of the most common and most widely distributed of all whales, porpoises and dolphins.
Our Marine Mammal Observer volunteers help us gather data that our scientists can use to look at seasonal abundance, habitat use and other factors that are important for species management and conservation decisions. They also contribute to our efforts to raise awareness for some of the world’s smallest cetaceans.
PLEASE NOTE: We can currently only offer in-person training for this position on Wednesdays/Thursdays.
- Whytecliff Park (Whytecliff Park is a public park in West Vancouver, BC, Canada.)
- Southern Gulf Islands (Islands in the Strait of Georgia.)