Billion Baby Turtles Partners
Billion Baby Turtles supports sea turtle conservation organizations that work to protect sea turtle hatchlings across Latin America. The funds go towards paying local residents to patrol important turtle nesting beaches, protecting turtles that come up to nest, and ensuring that the eggs are protected.
Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative
Hawksbills living on the Pacific coast of the America's are one of the world's most endangered sea turtle populations. Known by their Spanish acronym ICAPO, this organization is leading efforts to bring this turtle back from the brink at Jiquilisco Bay in El Salvador. To date, we have helped raise enough funds to protect 60,000 hawksbill hatchlings! Visit ICAPO's website for more information.
Fauna & Flora Nicaragua
Padre Ramos Estuary in northwestern Nicaragua is home to a critical hawksbill nesting site, one of the most important in the Eastern Pacific ocean. We have support FFI Nicaragua's efforts here for several years and our support has helped to save roughly 30,000 hawksbill hatchlings. Learn more about FFI Nicaragua here.
Flora, Fauna y Cultura
This community-based organization works to protect nesting sea turtles at 11 beaches along Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Our funding has helped to support a project that employs young Mayan adults to patrol the beach at Tulum National Park, protecting green and loggerhead turtles. This funding has helped to save roughly 3,000 hatchlings in 2013. Learn more about FFyC on their website (in Spanish).
Las Tortugas Research Station
This leatherback turtle conservation project is based on the Central Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. For more than a decade, Costa Rican conservationist Stanley Rodriguez has worked to end egg poaching on a 3 mile stretch of beach. To date, we have provided roughly $2,000 in funds for this project and have brought 50+ volunteers to work along this beach. Learn more about Las Tortugas here.
Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST)
The mission of LAST is to improve the conservation status of the marine turtles in Costa Rica. Their projects include nesting beach conservation projects in the Osa Peninsula and elsewhere. To date, we have donated more than $5,000 to protect leatherback turtles along Costa Rica's Caribbean coast and sent dozens of volunteers to participate in their projects. Learn more about LAST on their website.
Cuba Marine Research & Conservation
This project, also part of The Ocean Foundation, works with Cuban researchers to support the conservation of green turtles at Guanahacabibes National Park. In 2013, our funding helped to save roughly 14,000 hatchlings at this project. Learn more about this work on their website.
Photo credits: Neil Ever Osborne, Pro Peninsula, Michael Liles