What is Fauna & Flora doing to save Mediterranean monk seals?
In Turkish waters, where around 100 of these seals are found, a trailblazing marine protection initiative is underway. Camera traps have been installed inside caves to identify potential breeding sites, and community-led enforcement of no-take zones is seeing an abundance of fish return to the region.
In incredibly encouraging signs, seals in Gökova Bay have begun breeding at twice the rate typically seen in other areas.
But their numbers remain incredibly low – more work is needed.
Through your donations, Fauna & Flora can train and equip community rangers to carry out intensive marine patrols throughout the seal’s range.
What do rangers need?
Rangers need diving gear, camera traps and transport to help them navigate the coastlines of Turkey and carry out their crucial work.
In addition, these dedicated men and women need the funding to be paid a decent wage. It’s vital we give them the resources they need to carry out their demanding work.