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Leatherback turtle photo by Jason Isley/ www.scubazoo.com

Help us release thousands of leatherback hatchlings into the ocean

A gift from you today could help us save hundreds of turtle’s eggs from being dug up and taken illegally from beaches in Nicaragua.

A gift from you today could help us save hundreds of turtle’s eggs from being dug up and taken illegally from the beaches over the next few months. You could help us make sure that there are more leatherback turtles swimming in the Pacific Ocean next year, and more mature females returning to the beaches to lay their eggs in the future.

Now is the time to act. There used to be thousands of nests along the beaches of Nicaragua. These days we are lucky to see 50 a year. Leatherback turtle populations have reached a Critically Endangered level in the Eastern Pacific region and it’s likely there are only around 500 nesting females left in the wild.

No wonder experts predict that the Eastern Pacific leatherbacks could be beyond recovery within the next decade. Every single egg is precious. The numbers are plummeting rapidly – in fact estimates suggest we have lost over 95% of the population over the last three generations. We really do have to act now to save each egg and make sure newly hatched turtles make it to the ocean.

With your gift today, we can help our teams on the ground in Nicaragua to monitor the beaches, spot and protect the nests and move any eggs that are vulnerable to safe hatcheries.

At Fauna & Flora International, we are working with coastal communities in Nicaragua to protect the eggs from each of these threats.

  • We monitor beaches to spot females hauling themselves out onto the sand and protect their nests
  • We work with local communities to understand the value of leatherbacks, so instead of taking the eggs they help to protect them
  • We build special hatcheries on the beach, where we can make sure the eggs incubate at the right depth and temperature, in clean sand, and are protected from predators and poachers
  • We also work to reduce turtle deaths at sea. Local fishers are helped to use turtle-friendly hooks instead of fishing methods that harm turtles and other marine life and we train them how to handle and release turtles accidentally caught in fishing tackle.

Every nesting season is a race against the clock, as our teams and volunteers work with local communities to rescue nests and move the eggs to safety. It’s a real team effort. We urgently need your gift right now to make sure our team can carry on saving eggs.

Please make your gift today, and help us bring this magnificent creature back from the brink of extinction.

Thank you.

(Leatherback turtle photo by Jason Isley/ www.scubazoo.com)

Make a donation

£20 could help buy essential equipment for beach patrollers...

…like torches, raingear, walkie talkies and identification tags.

£50 could help pay for a workshop...

…to train the patrol team in managing a hatchery and handling hatchlings.

£100 could pay for a temperature logger...

…to help make sure the nests are kept at the right temperature for the baby turtles to incubate.

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Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is a company limited by guarantee, incorporated in England and Wales, Registered Company Number 2677068. Registered Charity Number 1011102
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