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Photo gallery – Ten years of turtle conservation in Nicaragua

Posted on: 14.12.11 (Last edited) 16 December 2011

Over recent months we have been celebrating the 10th anniversary of Fauna & Flora International’s Turtle Conservation Programme in Nicaragua. We hope you’ve enjoyed the peek inside the daily workings of one of our benchmark conservation programmes. There’s still more to come, but this week, we thought we’d take you on a pictorial journey through the last 10 years. Alison Gunn, FFI’s Programme Manager, Americas & Caribbean, has unearthed some classic moments from the archives. We hope you enjoy!

Turtle eggs were frequently illegally sold at local markets when FFI began working in Nicaragua Photo credit: Juan Pablo Moreiras/FFI

FFI staff meeting with local community protection and monitoring teams Photo credit: Enrique de la Montana/FFI

A new egg hatchery is constructed at Chacocente every year Photo credit: FFI

Turtle eggs are protected in the hatchery throughout their incubation period Photo credit: Alexander Gaos/ICAPO

Chacocente's expansive beaches are an important site for both leatherback turtles and mass nesting of olive ridleys Photo credit: Nicky Jenner/FFI

Olive ridley turtle laying her eggs on the beaches at Chacocente Photo credit: Enrique de la Montana/FFI

Using electronic tags and scanners to identify individual leatherbacks is part of our monitoring programme Photo credit: Enrique de la Montana/FFI

The logo and slogan of our Awareness Campaign - I Dont Eat Turtle Eggs - reached a wide audience Photo credit: FFI

A young supporter of FFIs campaign to reduce consumption of turtle eggs Photo credit: Jose Urteaga/FFI

Environmental education with local schools continues to be an important component of our work Photo credit: Gena Abarca/FFI

FFI teams also work with local market traders to reduce sale of turtle eggs Photo credit: FFI

Olive ridley turtles mating off Nicaragua's shores Photo credit Fabio Buitrago/FFI

Sadly it is not unusual for turtles such as this hawksbill to drown after becoming caught in fishing nets Photo credit: Alexander Gaos/ICAPO

Satellite tags are now being used to track the movements of hawksbills from Estero Padre Ramos Photo credit: Alexander Gaos/ICAPO

Written by
Alison Gunn

An ‘old hand’ of the Americas & Caribbean team, Alison joined FFI in July 2004. As Programme Manager, she is responsible for supporting the development and management of projects across FFI’s Americas & Caribbean programme. Alison began her fieldwork career researching social behaviour in primates, following her academic interest in the evolution of cognition, having studied Neuroscience (BSc) and Cognitive Neuropsychology (MSc) at university. She has since gained over 8 years experience in wildlife research, biodiversity conservation and protected areas management in Latin America and East Africa.

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