Travesia: Journey of the Gray Whale

Event has passed (Fri Jun 7, 2013 - Fri Jun 7, 2013)
San Francisco Zoo
Presentation from 5pm - 6pm; Opening event, following view the exhibition at 6:30pm
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SF Bay American Cetacean Society presents:
Travesia: Journey of the Gray Whale

Location: Saylor’s Restaurant (upstairs Cabo Wabo room) 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito,
$5 Suggested Donation goes toward Student Research Grants

Please join SF Bay American Cetacean Society for a special presentation by Proyecto Ballena Gris Friday June 7th. We are proud to be partnering with this important organization. The focus of this presentation will be to present a deeper view about the context, goals, and activities included in their general project (not only the exhibition), and to invite attendants to support and follow this initiative. The presentation will be lead by Alejandro Boneta, Eunice Calderon, and Marco Sánchez, (respectively documentarist, coordinator, and director of this initiative) who are the three minds behind the project’s conception.

In partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, this special traveling exhibit makes its only U.S. stop at the San Francisco Zoo, open to the public June 8, in the Pachyderm Building. A bi-lingual, multi-media show, Travesia explores the amazing migratory world of gray whales, from the Arctic seas to the Mexican lagoons of Baja. Interpretive works from eight contemporary Mexican artists encourage reflection on the relationship between humans and nature. Models of a gray whale's head and tail encourage discussion of the life cycle of the gray whale. Illustrative panels explore the significance of gray whales in the bio-diverse Northeastern Pacific region. Come learn about this conservation success story, made possible by the dedication and cooperation of Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Starting in 2011 and ending in 2013, this initiative was born in Mexico and adds strength to the U.S. and Canada, contributes to the conservation of gray whales, spread the natural beauty and the importance of their habitats, promote domestic and international tourism in their sanctuaries and support communities that share their home with them. The project began with the creation of the exhibition of contemporary art and technology "Journey", which takes one into the lives of gray whales and their sanctuaries across the languages of contemporary art and popular science. This exhibition was presented in 2012 at the State Arts Center in Ensenada, Mexico, then presented at the Science World in Vancouver between February and April 2013, and now will be in the San Francisco Zoo, California. The final phase of the roaming "Journey", will be the Black Warrior community in Baja California Sur, where staying permanently in the Eco-museum, whose construction is driven by their project in collaboration with the local population and various government agencies. With these actions we want to share the dream that every day more aware of the richness that surrounds this wonderful species that belongs to us all.

To learn more about PROYECTO BALLENA GRIS visit their website:

We look forward to seeing you there!

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter American Cetacean Society

Protecting whales and dolphins since 1967
American Cetacean Society (ACS) is the oldest whale conservation group in the world. Founded in 1967, it is a non-profit, volunteer membership organization with regional U.S. chapters and members in 22 countries.

ACS is dedicated to the protection of whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats through education and outreach, conservation advocacy, and facilitating research. We believe the best way to protect cetaceans is by educating the public about these remarkable animals and the problems they face in their increasingly threatened habitats.

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