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The goal of the campaign is to develop sea turtle nesting zones protections as well as the park's ecosystems.
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Published Thursday, June 3, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


The Osa Conservation Area in a joint effort with the National Conservation System is developing the campaign to protect the nests of sea turtles in the Marino Ballena National Park in Puntarenas Province.

The goal of the campaign is to develop sea turtle nesting zones protections as well as the park's ecosystems.

The species of turtle that nests mainly in this zone of the country is the Lora (Golfita Lepidochelys Olivácea) which is characterized by being a small reptile of 65 centimeters and weighing between 35 and 45 kilograms. The carapace is almost round, dark green. This reptile is in danger of extinction, according to authorities.

The campaign began this year for the conservation of beaches used by turtles for nesting, which has been increasing since it has already banned visitors from camping inside the park.



The goal is to promote citizen participation, inform about the problem and importance of protecting sea turtles and their habitats and also fight against the illegal collection of eggs," Rafael Gutiérrez, director of the National System of Conservation Areas said.

As part of the campaign, a hatchery was built in the Ballena District, where sea turtles are kept. The nursery is managed by park rangers and volunteers from Reserva Playa Tortuga and Coral Restoration.

People interested in helping with the turtle protection campaign may find more information by calling the staff of Reserva Playa Tortuga line (506) 2786-5200 or Coral Restoration line (506) 8817-3120.

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What have you heard of expats developing projects to protect sea turtles? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com


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