Ecuador’s beaches provide an ideal nesting spot for four sea turtle species (Green Turtles, Leatherbacks, Olive-Ridley and critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtles). Sea turtles are an important part of a healthy marine ecosystem and generate more than one million dollars in tourism for Ecuador annually.
Last year, WildAid worked with park rangers in Pacoche Wildlife Refuge and Marine Reserve to mark sea turtle nests to protect them from predators, deter poachers and educate the community on the benefits of sea turtles to the marine ecosystem and tourism. We released more than 30,000 sea turtle hatchlings to the sea and complemented the patrols with environmental education for over 2,800 local school children. This year, we want to increase the number of sea turtle hatchlings rescued by patrolling and marking nests at two additional nesting sites at Santa Elena and Machalilla National Parks.
0School Children Taught
0Sea Turtles Released to the Sea
Supplies to mark the one nest including chicken wire and printing costs.
Perk:One picture of a baby sea turtle.
Beach patrols for one week to find sea turtle nests.
Perk:One WildAid sea turtle t-shirt.
Supplies to mark 100 nests and research materials to collect data from 100 sea turtle hatchlings.
Perk:A sea turtle hatchling will be named in the donor’s honor. Donors receive a custom picture of their namesake and one WildAid sea turtle t-shirt.