Tortugas de Pacuare
Tortugas de Pacuare (Pacuare Turtles) is a project created with the support of the community of Barra de Pacuare to prevent egg poaching and hunting of turtles in this area. Night patrols and working with local people are the only alternative to achieve the conservation of this endangered species.
Our main mission is to protect sea turtles. With the support of the people in the local community and international volunteers we work to to help conserve of the environment. By working with sea turtles and communal and environmental education programs, we will be able educate people on the importance of caring about such a valuable resource to the environment, such as turtles.
The protection of turtles and biodiversity of this area is our goal. In order to accomplish this goal we need the help of volunteers. Volunteers should have a willingness to help in a task that requires a lot attention.For this reason we create an atmosphere where the volunteer feels like family. Volunteers should have a desire to leave a mark in a humble village, with a strong desire to succeed.
Working with Turtles:
Walk on night patrols with local guides in which we collect turtle eggs and relocate them to a turtle hatchery where they will be safe from poachers.
We also volunteer our time to do community service work, and help to maintain community facilities, local schools, sports fields, and do beach cleanup in conjunction with the Blue Flag committee. In addition, we help the local population with the construction of gardens.
The project is located 40 km south of Tortuguero in a small town called Barra de Pacuare in the middle of the Caribbean. This makes us one of the most important points for the arrival of leatherback turtles, green turtle, and hawksbill turtle. which are most threatened species and are in serious danger of extinction.