Costa Rica

Olive Ridley sea turtle conservation

Turtle conservation volunteering Costa Rica

At this inspiring project you can help to protect the Olive Ridley sea turtles and uplift the local community.

You can help the project reach their objectives by patrolling the beaches for turtles at night (in all weather conditions) together with the locals, maintaining the hatchery and also release the baby turtles when they hatch – a highlight. You will also be involved in the day-to-day running of the project.

Every year thousands of sea turtles are saved from poachers, high tide and dogs as a result of this project, which runs from August to November.

Night patrols are challenging and take place between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. regardless of the weather and on some rocky parts of the beach. Patrols typically last 4-hours, but this can be longer if turtles or eggs are located. You protect the eggs by patrolling the beaches and bring the eggs to a hatchery where they can incubate safely.

Hatchery shifts are fascinating! Unfortunately it is not safe for the nests to be left on the beach because they will be poached and sold on the black market. Duties include relocating nests, keeping predators at bay, and providing information to tourists.

When the little turtles hatch you can help to release them, together with the locals, into the ocean – an experience you will never forget!

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