Sea Turtle Defense

 Tim releasing some of the first sea turtle hatchlings from Vivero Escameca with an ex-illegal egg collector and his grandchildren.

Tim releasing some of the first sea turtle hatchlings from Vivero Escameca with an ex-illegal egg collector and his grandchildren.

 
 

In 2016 we established Vivero Escameca, a sea turtle and habitat conservation project in remote Southern Nicaragua. To date, this project has protected over 33,000 sea turtle eggs from perishing in the illegal poaching trade. The vivero has hatched and released over 28,000 hatchlings from 4 different species of endangered turtle. The program has also created local job opportunities as well as a financial reward system that allows the illegal egg collectors to "switch sides" and become conservation activists. We are currently working towards opening Vivero Yonque, our second sea turtle defense site, and we plan to use our successful model to expand our sea turtle defense worldwide.

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