Video+Story: El Paso Zoo Takes a Pie to Save Vaquita Porpoise

The El Paso Zoo has donated $500 to help save the vaquita porpoise and has participated in the “Pied4APorpoise Challenge.”

The El Paso Zoo’s Conservation Committee unanimously made the decision to donate $500 to the emergency rescue plan: VaquitaCPR (Conservation, Protect and Recovery). In addition to this donation, the Zoo has also made a “Pied4APorpoise” challenge video to help spread awareness of this vaquita situation.

“The Mexican government pledged up to $3-million already, but we know we have to do our part as well,” said El Paso Zoo Director Steve Marshall. “More than 100 members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums have pledged well over $1-million in emergency efforts to recover this endangered marine mammal, which is currently in a population freefall.”

The vaquita is on the brink of extinction, and scientists have estimated that the entire population has declined to just 30 living animals.

Guests of the Zoo are encouraged to help by signing letters to the President of Mexico, thanking him for his efforts to help the vaquita and to encourage him to continue. “Take Action” letter-signing stations are located at the Zoo in the California Sea Lion underwater viewing gallery and at the Wildlife Amphitheater.

The El Paso Zoo’s participation and efforts to save the vaquita from extinction serve as an example of the three things we want people to know about the Zoo:

  1. The Zoo provides excellent and expert care for animals, prioritizing their welfare and wellbeing.
  2. The Zoo is actively saving wildlife from extinction through its conservation work at the zoo and in the field.
  3. The Zoo acts and communicates with the purpose of inspiring people to value wild animals, taking responsibility for their safeguarding and action for their stability.