Olive ridley sea turtle
Due to the pandemic, during the 2020 nesting season, we were only able to rescue and incubate 9,362 olive ridley sea turtle eggs, of which 8,659 hatched, which represented a 92.4% hatching success rate.
Sea turtle population monitoring 2021
Thanks to the support of the USAID Guatemala Biodiversity Project, the New England Aquarium, Sea Turtles, WIDECAST and the Columbus Zoo, we continue our sea turtle population monitoring program on 7 index beaches along the Pacific coast. This is important as it is the only long-term data set on sea turtles and other marine wildlife on the Pacific coast of Guatemala. Please see the latest Situational Analysis on ARCAS’s publications page: https://arcasguatemala.org/who-we-are/arcas-publications/ You can also find a recent article using this data published with colleagues at the Del Valle and Southern Norway Universities.
Report Nesting Season 2021
In July, we inaugurated the 2021 sea turtle nesting and conservation season. To date, we have 8000 eggs buried. Egg collection continues to be low due to the pandemic. Thanks to the Taiwanese government’s bamboo project, we now have two new sea turtle hatcheries. We launched a GlobalGiving campaign to support our project. You have the option to sponsor a nest for 25$ for about 93 Turtle Eggs or for only 10$ you can sponsor a local guide to do nocturnal beach patrols.
We have to contribute to the conservation of these endangered species while also contributing to the sustainable livelihoods of low-income local residents. This year the nests might be in more danger because people have lost their jobs and see the sale of turtle eggs still as a lucrative income.
We hopefully can count again on the support of all the amazing and generous donors through GlobalGiving.
Many thanks to our staff and collaborators who have spent many nights under wind and rain patrolling the beaches and burying nest.
Thanks very much for your generous support for our sea turtle conservation efforts, especially in these times of crisis. Please let me know if you have any questions, and please come and visit us. The Hawaii Park is open to public again, both for day visitors and volunteers! And if you want to come and release hatchlings with your children, please contact us for availability.