Sea turtles in Ecuador face many dangers as they seek to nest along the country’s beaches. Since 2012, the Machalilla marine wildlife hospital has rescued more than 300 sea turtles suffering from various injuries including lesions and internal damage by fishing hooks and entrapment with marine debris, as well as fractures from boat collisions. Other patients include 10 sea lions and more than 300 sea birds over the last five years.
Food and medications are donated by the community or purchased by the Machalilla park rangers out of pocket. We seek to increase the number of sea turtles treated at one time from 25 to 35, improve operations and ensure better diagnosis and treatment of injuries, as well as purchase medications, a digital x-ray machine, surgical equipment and upgrade aging equipment.
0Sea turtles successfully treated
0Digital x-ray purchase
0Sea water filtration pumps purchased
Food for one recovering sea turtle for one day.
Perk:One picture of a sea turtle patient
One week of medications for one recovering sea turtle.
Perk:One picture of a sea turtle patient and one WildAid sticker.
The full care of one sea turtle patient for the entirety of their stay.
Perk:A sea turtle patient will be named in the donor’s honor. Donors receive a custom picture of their namesake, and one WildAid t-shirt.