Tortugas de Pacuare
Turtle conservation project
Funded by Costa Rican people
100 % Local project
Our main mission is to protect sea turtles. With the support of the local community and the international volunteers, coming from all over the world, we work to help conserve the environment. By working with sea turtles, with communal and environmental education programs, we will be able to educate people on the importance of caring about such a valuable environmental resource: sea turtles.
The protection of turtles and the biodiversity safeguard of the region is our main goal. In order to achieve it, we need the help of volunteers, your help! Volunteers should have a willingness to help in a task that requires a close attention. For this reason, we create an atmosphere where the volunteer feels like at home, we are one big family. Volunteers should have the desire of leaving a mark in a humble village, with a strong will to move forward.
Working with Turtles involves:
Conducting night patrols with local guides during 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 to help maintain community facilities - such as local schools, sports fields - and to clean up beaches in collaboration with the Bandera Azul Ecológica committee. In addition, we help the local population with the lay out 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 of arrival of leatherback turtles, green turtles, and hawksbill turtles, which are the most threatened species and are in serious danger of extinction.
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