Endangered Sea Turtles at Risk of Extinction

Leatherback sea turtles in the Pacific could go extinct in our lifetime without action. Populations of these gentle giants have plummeted by as much as 97% since the 1980s.

One way to help leatherbacks is to increase the number of baby sea turtles that successfully hatch from nests on one of the best remaining leatherback sea turtle nesting beaches in Central America. Donate now!

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A Successful Program

Since 2015, Turtle Island has partnered with the Nicaraguan-based organization Reserva Silvestre Quelantaro to protect baby leatherback sea turtles on beaches in Nicaragua. This group monitors nesting beaches, protects eggs from theft and animal predation, and releases hatchlings to the wild.

From 2008 to 2015, this effective local group protected 145 leatherback nests and released 3,150 hatchlings.

In addition to leatherbacks, this program protected almost 28,000 olive ridley sea turtles and 900 green sea turtles. Support this successful program by clicking here.

Your Help is Needed

But funding is scarce.  Without more support, the beaches will not be monitored fully.  Some early nests may be lost to poaching, and monitors may not be able to travel the five miles of beaches each night.  That’s why we’re reaching out to increase funding for this crucial effort.

You can protect baby sea turtles by helping us meet our goal of raising $5,000 to support the work on this nesting beach. Please help fund this work today by clicking here to make a donation.