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Feb 20, 2020

End of season results at the Hawaii Park

Burying eggs in our new hatchery
Burying eggs in our new hatchery

Greetings friends of the Parlama,

We have released the last of the hatchlings from the 2019 sea turtle conservation season, and we are happy to report that we collected and incubated 41,192 olive ridley sea turtle eggs, and released 39,517 hatchlings, which represents nearly a 96% hatching success rate.   

Unfortunately, we received no leatherback eggs, nor have we heard of any nests laid on the entire Guatemala Pacific coast during the November – January nesting season, so that is not good news!

Our many thanks to the donors to the 30,000 sea turtle eggs campaign for all their support. 

Many thanks as well as to the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and the Taiwanese Mission/Agricultural Ministry  Bamboo Project for their support in building our new sea turtle hatcheries and rehab tanks.  No doubt, with these new installations we were able to achieve such a high hatching success rate this year.  

Many thanks as well to our staff, collaborators and volunteers who spent many a night under wind and rain patrolling the beaches and burying nests:  Alan Marroquin, Marie Renee Contreras, Jose Jorge Ubico, Alex Garcia, Marisette Quiñonez, Salome Hernandez, and Alejandra Morales.  

In addition to the sea turtles, in July we rescued and rehabilitated a Galapagos Sea Lion which we released at the Pacific Naval Base after 10 days of observation. 

Recently hatched olive ridleys
Recently hatched olive ridleys
Galapagos Sea Lion
Galapagos Sea Lion
New hatcheries and rehab tanks
New hatcheries and rehab tanks
Hatchlings being released
Hatchlings being released
Nov 18, 2019

Hawaii Park sea turtle egg collection report

Olive ridley hatchlings on their way to the ocean
Olive ridley hatchlings on their way to the ocean

Dear Friends of the Parlama,

We are still in the height of the sea turtle nesting season, and there is still plenty of nesting of olive ridleys on the Pacific coast of Guatemala.  Our dedicated staff and volunteers are furiously collecting and burying eggs, and releasing hatchlings.  Just this morning we release over 1200 hatchlings!  We have collected nearly 40,000 eggs and have filled hatchery 1 and 2, and are refilling hatchery 1.   The olive ridley season is slowing down, but we are entering leatherback season, though there are very few nests of this highly endangered species left. 

If you are in Guatemala and want to come release some hatchlings with the kids, please contact us at 4060-4039, 57236485, or 5460-8071.  The rains have ended, so it's a great time to visit the Hawaii Park.  There are a lot of hatchlings hatching out now, and there should be plenty through January.  

Thanks to everyone who helped us with the GlobalGiving sponsor-a-nest drive, and thanks to the volunteers and staff at the Park.

Colum

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