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Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala

by Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association
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Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala
Release 30,000 sea turtles in Guatemala

Dear Friends of ARCAS, 

Next month, July 6th, we will start the Turtle nesting season for 2020. This year it will be a little bit different from the past years. Guatemala is still in Lockdown, so travel across municipal lines is still limited. The inauguration for 2020 will be a small event with social distancing and we will follow all required restrictions. We will launch a GlobalGiving campaign to support our project. You will have for example the option to sponsor a nest for 25$ for about 93 Turtle Eggs or for only 10$ you can sponsor a local guide to do nocturnal beach patrols.

Also because of the worldwide outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemia we are missing our Volunteers, we shifted our focus on working together with local communities. The community members are highly affected by the COVID-19, their income was mainly from tourists. There is zero Tourism since 3 months and we don’t have any information for how much longer this situation will last. We have to contribute to the conservation of these endangered species while also contributing to the sustainable livelihoods of low-income local residents. This year the nests might be in more danger because people have lost their jobs and see the sale of turtle eggs still as a lucrative income.

We will be participating in the International Coastal Clean Up (Ocean Conservancy) on beach clean ups and working on solid waste recycling with local communities.

 

In 2019 ARCAS rescued and incubated 41857 olive Ridley Sea Turtle eggsand released 39,517 hatchlings, which represents nearly a 96% hatching success rate. We plan to to even rescue and release more this year! 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. This year seems everything is different, hopefully the leatherbacks return back this season to lay their eggs on the beach.

 

We hopefully can count again on the support of all the amazing and generous donors through GlobalGiving.

Many thanks to our staff, collaborators and volunteers who have spent many nights under wind and rain patrolling the beaches and burying nest.

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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
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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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Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association

Location: San Lucas - Guatemala
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Twitter: @ARCASGuate
Project Leader:
Colum Muccio
San Lucas, Guatemala
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