Emergency call for donations.
Just four months remain before this endangered species returns to the region to nest, and there is currently no guarantee that they can be protected from the threat of poaching.
The community in Drake Bay urgently need support from private donors in order to mobilize their volunteer program, support their local guides and research assistants, and purchase vital conservation equipment and consumables.
In 2014, the program plans to continue transferring responsibility for the program to local hands, and equip the local team with all of the skills, knowledge and training to maintain the conservation effort in the future.
The villagers are so close to achieving their goal of a self-sufficient community-led program, and it would be such a waste to have to postpone this critical phase in their development until 2015.
For eight years the Corcovado Foundation has successfully secured funding to support the villagers in Drake Bay to protect their sea turtles. Starting from humble beginnings, this program has grown into a highly effective and professional community-led initiative that provides protection to 7km of pristine coastline.
The Foundation, alongside locals and international volunteers, with do their best to limit the damage done by poachers this year, but without dedicated funding it will be impossible to provide the level of protection needed by these turtles.
We are calling out to everyone who has ever visited Drake Bay or donated money to the program in the past, and to anyone else who wants to make a difference a help to save an endangered species: please pledge whatever you can to the plight of the sea turtles and make sure that we don’t lose the battle against egg poaching this year.