The Powerful but Gentle Giants: Laguna San Ignacio Whales

Located on a 250-mile coastal wetland complex in Baja California Sur, Laguna San Ignacio is a refuge for the Pacific Gray Whale to give birth and raise their young in harmony.

Like many of today’s magnificent natural wonders in the world, this place has kept its wild and pristine status through the collective efforts of conservation groups and funders joining together with the local community to seek permanent protection for crucial areas around the lagoon.

This Alliance successfully secured and protected 340,000 acres and 150 miles of coastline, virtually eliminating the threat of industrial or large-scale commercial activity and permanently protecting 199,000 acres of critical habitat. The Alliance is continually working towards sustainable economic alternatives to protect this beautiful ecosystem.

Our efforts to conserve Laguna San Ignacio as a wild sanctuary are motivated by our fundamental connection to nature. The health and well-being of our planet depends on the protection of wildlife and their habitats, as well as gaining the support from the communities living in the places we are fighting to protect.

Without people taking action, true conservation cannot be advanced. Please support our efforts in maintaining the ecological integrity of this crucial gray whale sanctuary by making a donation to the Laguna San Ignacio Whale Fund.

The International Community Foundation protects the natural beauty and ecological integrity of critical sites in Mexico and Latin America through collaborative initiatives, such as the Laguna San Ignacio Conservation Alliance. The Laguna San Ignacio Whale Fund held at ICF supports the long term protection of Laguna San Ignacio and the gray whales. To find out more about how to visit the Lagoon or to support the Whale Fund contact us at

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