Mahalo Mondays

Tomorrow, Monday the 29th, is the last day to join ¡Viva Vaquita! at Hula’s Island Grill and Tiki Room in Monterey, California for Mahalo Mondays, where 10% of all sales go to ¡Viva Vaquita!. Dinner starts at 4 pm.

Please email Endangered Species Chocolate at info@chocolatebar.com and ask them to make a Vaquita bar. It would be an enormous deal for such a big company to advertise the Vaquita!

Also, you probably noticed that I completely changed how my blog looks. I personally like it better now. How do you feel about it?

And, for the 100th News Update, I would like to end with a riddle. Submit your answers in the comments.

What is a Vaquita’s favorite model of computer?

Endangered Species Chocolate

Please click here to download an awesome flyer and listen to a public service announcement about the Vaquita.

You may have heard of or eaten Endangered Species Chocolate. They are an awesome and delicious chocolate company with a great cause. I recently emailed them with the idea of creating a Vaquita chocolate bar and having a portion of its sales go to the Vaquita. If you agree with this idea, please email them at this address: info@chocolatebar.com and say so. You can also include flavor ideas. They seemed perceptive of my email so hopefully if they get enough emails they will consider it much more strongly. I may create a polite petition eventually. It would be amazing for the Vaquita to be on a popular candy bar and have money going to it at the same time! Please help me make this happen! Thanks from the Vaquita!

WWF petition

Please visit https://support.worldwildlife.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&cmd=display&page=ActionAlertTakenPage&id=681 to sign a petition to Mexico’s new president Enrique Peña Nieto to help the Vaquita. The petition is by WWF, so I don’t know if you need an account to sign it (I don’t think so, but I have an account so I signed). I have been looking for President Nieto’s email address all over for my petition, but can’t seem to find it. If anyone knows his email, please leave it in the comments so I can update my petition immediately! Thank you.

Coloring book

Check out ¡Viva Vaquita! and the Oceanographic Environmental Research Society’s new coloring/activity book, Anita the Vaquita! It is obviously not directed towards the older audience, but it is great for little kids! It mixes fun activities and coloring with accurate yet simple information. Even though you’re probably an adult, I recommend at least looking at it and giving it to a kid you know. If you are serious about getting an actual copy, comment with your email address and we’ll work from there. Thanks!

How to help

According to Viva Vaquita, some ways YOU can help the Vaquita are:

Tell all your friends and family about the Vaquita.

Support conservation measures and vote for politicians with a good environmental record.

Support the Mexican economy by traveling to Mexico.

Do not buy shrimp or fish caught with gillnets.

Write your elected officials and tell them to help the Vaquita.

Write a letter to the President of Mexico and tell him to save the Vaquita. Felipe.Calderon@presidencia.gob.mx

Send Vaquita drawings to the United Nations, asking them to support Vaquita conservation efforts by Mexico.
ExecutiveOffice@unep.org

Send a message to the Mexican government to show your support for the Vaquita! Below are the most relevant agencies and links to their online suggestion boxes:

SEMARNAT (Ministry of Natural Resources)
http://www.semarnat.gob.mx/Pages/buzonciudadano.aspx

CONANP (Commission of Natural Protected Areas)
http://www.conanp.gob.mx/buzon.php

Donate to the Vaquita Recovery Fund!
http://www.vivavaquita.org/donations.htm