Cape Verde Sea Turtle Conservation
Where: Boavista Island, Cape Verde Islands
Focus: Turtle monitoring and rehabilitation
When: June to October.
Duration: Min. 4 weeks
Suitability: Over 18s. Group bookings available.
Cost: 4 weeks from GBP 850.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Make a positive, practical contribution to help save endangered sea turtles by collecting vital data on turtle populations,
- Learn to identify the difference between six of the world’s seven species of sea turtle, all highly endangered, that nest along the coastline: Leatherback, Green, Olive Ridley, Kemp’s Ridley, Loggerhead and Hawksbill.
- Join the action group to patrol beaches, rescue injured turtles, and monitor their numbers.
- Contribute ecological and other information to the national environmental database.
- Establish the location of turtle nests and help excavate the eggs if necessary.
- Rescue and rehabilitate injured or sick hatchlings.
- Conduct day and night beach patrols to prevent the poaching of eggs.
- Take part in environmental education and awareness-raising work with the local community to encourage the abolition of harmful practices such as turtle harvesting.
A simple camp right on the beach complete with washing facilities and a washing machine.
Sleeping: Shared tents on the shore
Food: 3 meals a day made from food purchased from local sources.
Support: 24-hour in-country support; International HQ emergency support and back-up; UK residential briefing weekend available
Transport: Pick up from the airport and transport to the project site included.
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