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Save the Vaquita Day at Reid Park Zoo

Posted at 9:47 AM, Jul 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-10 14:55:14-04

International Save the Vaquita Day is scheduled for Saturday at Reid Park Zoo. 

The event will be taking place from 9 until 11 a.m. at the Conservation Learning Center.

No registration is required, Save the Vaquita Day is free with regular zoo admission. 

Reid Park Zoo says the vaquita is a critically endangered porpoise that lives in the Sea of Cortez, less than 400 miles from Tucson.

The Zoo says research estimates the vaquita population to be less than 60 individuals. 

Zoo visitors will be able to connect with staff members and volunteers to participate in educational activities. 

“This critically endangered species needs our help,” says Jason Jacobs, Reid Park Zoo Administrator in a press release. “This animal is in our backyard, so Tucson residents are in a unique position to help save this species. Many people don’t know what a vaquita is, so I hope Reid Park Zoo visitors will come and learn about this species, and how their daily actions can help.”