Saving sea turtles and their habitats. // Salvando tortugas marinas y sus hábitats.
|Mission||To save the leatherback and other sea turtles from extinction as well as monitor and study leatherback nesting activity within Las Baulas National Park, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.|
The Leatherback Trust is a non-profit foundation dedicated to saving the leatherback turtle and other sea turtles from extinction. The Leatherback Trust scientists were instrumental in founding a new national park, Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The park protects the most important leatherback nesting beaches in the Pacific Ocean. Our scientists have worked very close with park rangers and guides, with local school children and advised the local community on living in harmony with the leatherbacks. Before the Park was established poachers took 100% of nests. Now almost all nests are protected and a hatchery protects nests that would be washed away by high tides or eaten by predators. Now thousands of hatchlings crawl to the ocean every season where as a decade ago only a few survived.