Why we need your support
Listen to Albert, from Project Biodiversity, explain why sea turtles need your help.
ONLY 1 IN 1,000
Baby turtles survive
In 2017 we released 70,621 baby turtles from our hatcheries. From those, only 70-71 will make it back to Sal Island in 20-25 years.
However, hundreds of adult turtles die every year due to by-catch, pollution and poaching.
With your help we patrol the nesting beaches to stop poaching of adults and protect the threatened nests so more baby turtles have the chance to be the 1 in 1,000.
Preserving Nature as a way of life
Sal Island is famous for its white sand beaches and water sports. However, Sal is also home emblematic and beautiful wildlife that needs our attention. The island’s rapid development, a recent boom in tourism and wildlife poaching threaten these species and the ecosystems they rely on. Project Biodiversity focuses on the protection and the study of wildlife populations through both direct protection and ecological study.
Of those species, Sea turtles are the most threatened. The Loggerhead population of Cabo Verde is one of the eleven most threatened populations of sea turtles in the world. They are also the reason why Project Biodiversity was founded in 2015.
In 2017, we expanded our efforts to include the study of two other emblematic species that breed in Cabo Verde: Ospreys and the Red-billed tropicbird. These seabirds are protected throughout the world and are an important part of Sal’s biodiversity. You can find the Red-billed Tropicbird in our logo alongside the sea turtle!
As the project continues to grow, we need more and more staff, interns and international volunteers to help us protect these species. They are our strength and our energy, and a critical part of Project Biodiversity.
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EDUCATION & SUSTAINABILITY
We believe that connecting people with nature and raising general awareness is the best way to preserve the environment and its wildlife. This is why part of Project Biodiversity’s work is with schools, youth centres and other community groups. We bring topics like pollution, marine wildlife, natural resources and recycling to all the kids of Sal Island, so they become the next generation of conservationists.
Project Biodiversity is also member of TAOLA, the national network of sea turtle conservation, and coordinates its national awareness campaign “Nha Terra” (Our Homeland) which aims to increase the awareness of conservation to local and national authorities, and to bring conservation of sea turtles to every resident of all the islands of Cabo Verde.