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Save the Turtles, Inc . is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to protecting endangered sea turtles by supporting community-based conservation projects and developing international education programs that will inspire active participation and a global community of sea turtle stewards. We provide financial assistance to Caribbean coastal communities of Costa Rica that protect sea turtles through methods that are sustainable, environmentally responsible and enhance the lives of people who share the habitat. Our vision for the future includes assisting sea turtle projects around the globe.
We are a small, all volunteer organization who have been working towards the protection of sea turtles for 7 years. Currently, our focus of sea turtle protection is the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. This richly bio-diverse area is a vital nesting habitat for the green and the hawksbill turtles and the fourth most criticalnesting habitat in the world for the greatly endangered leatherback. The leatherback is so close to extinction that the emptying of just one nest of eggs has huge implications for its survival as a species.
The unbounded nature of the sea turtle has inspired in us a global vision. We believe that education is a vital component for conservation. Recently we launched our "Ride the Turtle Education Rainbow" to connect teachers and their students with another teacher and students in a different part of the world, so together they learn about sea turtles followed up by collaborative story writing. Through a shared interest in sea turtles, children around the world will learn first hand about each other's cultures, differences and most important, each other's similarities.
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