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Vanishing Vaquita: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Marine Mammal

This report presents a call for global action to save the vaquita and conserve the protected areas of the Upper Gulf of California, a World Heritage Site. With fewer than 30 individuals remaining, this species could go extinct before the next Mexican presidential election in 2018.  This document provides a critical path for securing the future of vaquita urging an immediate, increased response from the Mexican government, the World Heritage Committee and CITES parties, NGOs and civil society groups to protect the last remaining vaquitas and set the Upper Gulf of California on a pathway to recovery. Failure to act will result in the imminent extinction of this unique species.