SOS Tartarugas works in Cape Verde protecting nesting loggerheads turtles (Caretta caretta) and their habitat. Cape Verde is the third most important nesting area for loggerheads in the world. Turtles are at risk from hunting for meat, stealing of eggs, removal of sand for building and unregulated tourism development. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please subscribe to the blog or follow us on Twitter or on our Facebook page to keep up to date.(You can also read this blog in a different language, please use the tool in the sidebar). You can apply to volunteer with us by clicking here.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Cape Verde Shearwater in danger
Sadly it's not only the turtles that face extinction in Cape Verde.
The Cape Verde shearwater (calonectris edwardsii, known here as the cagarra) also faces a severe threat from hunting. The birds are killed for food just before they are ready to leave the nest.
Even after awareness campaigns and other activities hunting of the fledglings continue, as José Melo says "it is causing the extinction of a species that only exists in Cape Verde, 70% of them on Raso islet and also near Rombo islet, next to Brava. It doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world.”
Our beautiful dog, Rasher, the project mascot, was killed with strychnine which was placed close to the hatchery by a department of health worker who states it was requested by the manager of the RIU hotel. This disgusting practice still continues. You can help. Follow this link to join the campaign. http://life-on-sal.blogspot.com/
I am a wildlife film-maker who moved to Sal in 2007. I intended to make a film about the marine life here and in particular, turtles. When all I ever saw was nesting loggerheads cruelly slaughtered on the beach, I co-founded the organisation SOS Tartarugas in 2008. SOS Tartarugas is a non-profit NGO dedicated to the protection of turtles.