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Save the Sea Turtles

by Paso Pacifico
Save the Sea Turtles
Save the Sea Turtles
Save the Sea Turtles
Save the Sea Turtles
Save the Sea Turtles
Save the Sea Turtles
Save the Sea Turtles
Save the Sea Turtles
Save the Sea Turtles
Save the Sea Turtles
Save the Sea Turtles
Save the Sea Turtles
Save the Sea Turtles
Save the Sea Turtles

Summary

This project will help us distribute wildlife crime-busting technology to sea turtle conservationists throughout Central America. The InvestEGGator is a decoy sea turtle egg embedded with a GPS tracker. We need your help to distribute these eggs so that the conservationists can use them to track the illegal trade of sea turtle eggs. Sea turtles are threatened with extinction, especially the leatherback and hawksbill turtles that nest in Central America.

$15,000
total goal
$9,595
remaining
46
donors
2
monthly donors
4
months

Challenge

Wildlife poaching is a major threat to the survival of endangered species across the world, particularly affecting large, slow-to-reproduce vertebrates such as sea turtles. In Latin America, sea turtle eggs are prized as a delicacy and aphrodisiac and are often stolen. Documenting the eggs' trade routes can enable law enforcement officials to disrupt wildlife crime at the trade network level. However, until now, it has proven near impossible to collect reliable data on this clandestine activity.

Solution

Paso Pacifico has developed the InvestEGGator: a realistic, artificial sea turtle egg containing a GPS tracker that transmits locations in real-time using cellular networks. The 3D printed egg is pliable, water-resistant, and closely resembles a real turtle egg in look, weight, and feel. These fake eggs can be planted in nests vulnerable to poaching and then provide, real-time geographic data on the eggs' movements, from the nesting beach to the final market.

Long-Term Impact

The InvestEGGator will allow users to locate frequently used storage facilities; document transit routes, border crossings, and means of concealment; document temporal patterns in movement; and provide evidence to local and regional law enforcement to facilitate arrests and prosecutions of key participants in wildlife trade. By supporting this project, donors will be able to make this powerful tool available to sea turtle conservationists around the world.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

https:/​/​pasopacifico.org
Learn more about protecting our sea turtles!
Learn more about our InvestEGGator project
Visit our InvestEGGator website
Nat Geo: Sea Turtles are Surviving--Despite Us

Organization Information

Paso Pacifico

Location: Ventura, CA - USA
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Twitter: @pasopacifico
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Paso Pacifico
Ventura, CA United States
$5,405 raised of $15,000 goal
 
57 donations
$9,595 to go
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