Here is a round-up of turtle conservation projects from around the world.
If you are tired of laying around a pool and planning your holidays for next year, here is a brief guide to help you pick a destination where you could visit, help out and learn more about one of nature’s truly enigmatic creatures during your stay for a truly memorable holiday!.
SEA TURTLE CARE CENTER™ the USA
This is a program to help injured sea turtles back into the wild. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
Turtles that are injured or unwell often become stranded, that’s when the Hospital steps in. Many of the turtles have bacterial or fungal infections that can easily be treated. But there are nursing facilities for debilitated turtle syndrome caused by a low-temperature aftershock, predator attacks or boating strikes.
They have facilities including ultrasound and X Rays for diagnosis with the aim to rehabilitate the turtles back into the wild.
Their turtles are often given names of Harry Potter characters!
They also run a donation program so you can become a Sea Turtle Guardian check out this link below!
SEA TURTLE FOUNDATION, AUSTRALIA
This foundation was set up as a research project around 2001 but is involved in many projects to help turtles and educate people around the Pacific Ring. They are a registered charity in Australia with the mission to safe guide turtles, their migration routes and habitats with the aim to support current populations and grow them around the world.
SRI LANKA – SEA TURTLE SAVING
If like us you are committed to saving the turtles then this could be the perfect adventure holiday for you.
A volunteer program in Ambalangoda, a beautiful town on the Indian ocean.
Many sea turtles in this area, unfortunately, get caught in nets from fisherman and sadly often lose their limbs. Disabled turtles cannot support themselves in the wild, this is where the Sri Lankan great turtle project steps in.
They also have a hatchery program to support more turtles during their critical stages of life as well as educating locals and visitors by holding some of the turtles in captivity to be later released giving them more chance to survive.
You can volunteer swim in crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean and help sick and injured turtles while on the holiday of a lifetime.
COZUMEL MARINE TURTLE SALVATION PROGRAM
This program protects turtles on several fronts including protecting turtle nesting sites during the incubation period and while hatching to ensure as many baby turtles reach the sea.
All activities are documented for research and improving their operational success.
BORNEO MARINE AND SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION
The program in Borneo concentrates on two main problems that can affect turtle populations; protecting and reconstruction of coral reefs around Semporna in the Celebes Sea as well as protecting turtle nesting sites from poaching during the night.
MALDIVIAN SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION PROGRAMME (MSTCP)
The project is a government-backed program to protect and rejuvenate turtle populations around the Maldives.
It has three main concerns; first is to protect nesting sites, second to rehabilitate sick and injured turtles and the third is to identify and track their progress to learn more to help them in the future.
What is really amazing is that five of the seven species of sea turtle can be found in the Maldives with the most common being the Hawksbill and Green Leatherback.
Their website is packed with informative contact and beautiful photos of the work they continue to do.
HAWAII WILDLIFE FUND
A major project to protect one of the rarest species of turtles in the world. Primarily they conduct round the clock protection for hatchlings by camping next to nesting sites. This work is vital as often only 25 females per year are known to nest there.
THE BARBADOS SEA TURTLE PROJECT
For 25 years they have been executing their vision to restore Sea Turtle populations back to levels so that they can fulfil their natural roles in the ecosystem.
The area has one of the largest populations of Hawksbill Turtles in the world.
There are many activities you can take part in where you are almost guaranteed to interact and witness these beautiful creatures in their natural environment.
The project conducts tracking, research, a protection hotline and even help produce many documentaries in the area.
NINGALOO TURTLE PROGRAM, EXMOUTH AUSTRALIA
The project has a community monitoring program and the Jurabi Turtle Centre. Which helps the public interact, learn and see nesting turtles in their natural environment in a controlled manner so that it doesn’t disturb the nesting of local sea turtles.
CANADIAN SEA TURTLE NETWORK
The Canadian Sea Turtle Network is a collaborative conservation effort involving scientists, commercial fishermen, tour boat operators and coastal community members.
The network conducts ongoing research in the area and around the world, learning programs, visits, an environmental camp, field trips and a sea turtle beach patrol.
If you do visit one of the turtle projects in this article we would love to hear about it! Drop us an email, leave a comment on our society. We look forward to hearing all about it!