Help Save Sea Turtles from Extinction
The Mexican colony of Olive Ridley sea turtles has been on the endangered species list since 1978. Female Olive Ridleys always return to the same beach on which they hatched to lay their eggs. The poaching of freshly-laid turtle eggs from nesting beaches is one of the major contributors to the decline.
One beach that suffers from this poaching is Malpaso Beach, between the towns of San Francisco (San Pancho) and Sayulita on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. During the height of the nesting season, this poaching occurs on a nightly basis. Nearly 10,000 eggs are lost to poachers on this beach alone, each and every year.
The Malpaso Turtle Retreat is a project spearheaded by the non-profit NGO, Campamento Tortuguero Sayulita, a volunteer organization dedicated to the protection of sea turtles nesting on the beaches of Sayulita and nearby Malpaso Beach. The group aims to stop the poaching but needs your help.
Because of the beach’s remote location a base camp is needed for the volunteers. The proposal is to construct a permanent camp on Malpaso Beach, providing shelter for the volunteers during the rainy season so they can continue watching over and taking care of this important nesting ground. The site will also be used as an education center for schools and tourists.
Find out more about the project at the Malpaso Turtle Retreat website. And, please give generously to their crowdfunding campaign at http://www.gofundme.com/malpasoturtles. Thank you for your support to a worthy cause.