Conservation around the world

We are currently funding three conservation projects around the world:

Kemp Ridley Conservation - South Padre

Here on South Padre Island, Sea Turtle, Inc. and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service fund the Kemp’s ridley project. This is a bi-national effort that has been in effect since the mid 1970’s. The main nesting beach for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle is located within Tamaulipas, Mexico (about 200 miles from the TX/MEX border). Each summer, from April-August we patrol the beaches for nesting Kemps’ ridley turtles. The eggs are incubated in a corral and then the hatchlings are released back into the Gulf of Mexico.

 

The Black Sea Turtle Conservation Project

 

The Michoacán project is a partnership of Sea Turtle, Inc., Gladys Porter Zoo, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, University of Michoacana and the Michoacán Government. The goal of this project is to conserve the nesting black sea turtles and their eggs. The local villages of Colola and Maruata now actively protect the nesting females from poachers and relocate the eggs into corrals for incubation.

 

Guyana Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Project

In Guyana, South America, Sea Turtle, Inc. and the World Wildlife Fund are partnering up to help the Leatherback sea turtle. Along Shell Beach, leatherbacks come ashore to lay their eggs each year. The local Arawak community now protects the Leatherback, Green and Hawksbill sea turtles which nest on their beaches. Funding is needed to help educate the local children about the environment and local species of wildlife.