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
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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.”

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