For November, our featured species is the Leatherback Sea Turtle, and our chosen organization is Pacuare Reserve, managed by Ecology Project International. They have been working for the last 30 years in protecting the Leatherback sea turtle and collecting data about nesting trends, population status, and nest survival. Pacuare’s beach is considered the most important nesting beach for the leatherback turtle in Costa Rica. The 3.72 miles (6 km) of the beach are walked every night during the nesting and hatching season (from the end of February to September) by the research assistants, volunteers, and groups of students that visit the Reserve. During the hatching season, they also collect data on hatching success and hatching survival by excavating the nests two days after they hatch. You can help them protect this and many other endangered species by visiting, making donations, or buying their products. Want to learn more? Click here to go to their site, where you can learn and donate.
Beautiful limited-edition glass pieces by Kathleen Sheard, featuring the silhouette of a Leatherback. 1/3 of the purchase price will benefit the Pacuare Reserve and the Leatherback Sea Turtles they protect. We can ship anywhere.
About the Leatherback
Leatherback Sea Turtles have been on the Earth for around 100 million years. They are the largest non-crocodilian reptile, growing to 2m long and weighing 900kg, and they are the deepest diving sea turtle. They range over large swaths of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Despite these successes, they are on the Endangered list.