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Contact: Erin Scott
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The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens is proud to present “Party for a Porpoise” on International Save the Vaquita Day, Saturday, July 8, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The vaquita, the smallest marine mammal native to the Gulf of California, is also the world’s most endangered marine animal. There are fewer than 30 vaquita left in the world, and without immediate help, they will go extinct. Sometimes called the ‘panda of the sea’ because of their coloration, the vaquita are being illegally trapped in fishing gillnets to the point of extinction. Join The Living Desert and help bring attention and awareness to their plight.

“The Living Desert is working urgently to help save the vaquita from extinction,” said Allen Monroe, President/CEO of The Living Desert. “We have teamed up with other conservation organizations around the country to raise funds and assist in emergency recover efforts. We encourage the public to visit The Living Desert to learn more about these endangered porpoises and help do their part to save these animals from extinction.”

Save the Vaquita Day activities will include free screening of Vermillion of the Sea, a 30-minute documentary about the vaquitas’ plight and highlight the local fisherman and Mexican government officials trying to help save them.

At the Discovery Center guests can check out the vaquita interpretive station to discover more about the endangered species, take a pledge to save the porpoises and learn about the Seafood Watch program that encourages sustainable seafood that helps support a healthy ocean. For those who are willing to take a whipped cream pie to the face, guests can get “pied for a porpoise” and share their pledge on social networks. Attendees can adopt a vaquita at the $50 level and receive an adoption certificate, photo, fact sheet, hat, button and “Where is the Vaquita” book or adopt at the $100 level and receive a vaquita plush, hat, “Where is the Vaquita” book, adoption certificate, photo and fact sheet. All adopt proceeds benefit VaquitaCPR – the consortium for vaquita conservation, protection and recovery.

There also will be Mexican food specials, margaritas and ocean blue icees served in a souvenir hurricane glass available at the zoo’s Café, Grill and Churro Factory, with fifty percent of the proceeds going to VaquitaCPR.

In addition, The Living Desert has partnered with local restaurants and bars to promote ‘Margaritas for Vaquitas’:

  • -  Fresh Agave Mexican Bar & Grill - On Saturday, July 8, and every Monday – Thursday until August 10 (excluding happy hour), Fresh Agave will donate a percentage of margarita proceeds to vaquita conservation efforts. Fresh Agave is located at 73325 Highway 111, Palm Desert.

  • -  El Mexicali Café - On Saturday, July 8, a percentage of proceeds from every margarita will directly support vaquita conservation. El Mexicali Café is located at 82-720 Indio Blvd, Indio.

  • -  Rincon Norteño - On Saturday, July 8, Rincon Norteño will donate 100% of margarita proceeds to vaquita conservation. Rincon Norteño is located at 83011 Indio Blvd, Indio.

  • -  Dead or Alive Bar – On Thursday, July 6, Dead or Alive Bar will be celebrating ‘Thankful

    Thursday’ and the evening’s proceeds will support VaquitaCPR. Dead or Alive Bar is

    located at 150 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.

  • -  The Nest - On Saturday, July 8, a percentage of the proceeds from every meal will

    directly support vaquita conservation. (Guests must mention this promotion when making reservations.) The Nest is located at 75-188 Hwy 111, Indian Wells.

For more information visit or call (760) 346-5694.

About The Living Desert:
The Living Desert is an AZA-accredited zoo and gardens that is dedicated to desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation. It is a family-friendly place to explore nature and create meaningful experiences for guests that are remembered for a lifetime.
For more information: (760) 346-5694 or visit The Living Desert is located at: 47900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260.