Help save sea turtles and jaguars by ensuring our researchers have a roof over their heads! Your support will repair the aging and remote research station that serves turtle and jaguar researchers working at one of the most globally important nesting sites for Olive Ridley turtles located in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste. The station needs immediate repair due to water damage. We have $5,000 in hand and need $12,000 more to fix the station for safe use by scientists, students and volunteers.
Costa Rica is famous for its national parks, yet, as a small tropical country, the reality is that the government cannot keep up with maintenance, especially for remote areas such as Playa Nancite, even though this station supports a significant conservation effort to protect nesting Olive Ridley turtles and research predator-prey relationships between turtles and jaguars. Scientists and students need a safe place to work and sleep, and without immediate action the station will become unusable.
Last year we raised enough funds to rebuild the kitchen and dining area, which is a separate building adjacent to the main station. We have raised $5,000 toward repairs for the main station, which has 20 beds and common work and meeting space. An additional $12,000 will allow us to fix the roof and doors, repair water damage, and improve the water supply so that the station will be safe for researchers, teachers and students. Today, the main station must be closed until it can be repaired.
The research conducted at this station helps further conservation management for the thousands of sea turtles and dozens of jaguars that frequent this beach and pristine forest area. A more user-friendly facility is necessary to support ongoing research and will enable this site to be used by student groups and others, all of which will improve the conservation outlook for the magnificent animals that rely on this pristine coastal habitat.