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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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New scientific papers on turtles in Cabo Verde

We are delighted that two new papers about turtles have been included in the latest publication from the Zoological Society of Cabo Verde.

The first is regarding Olive Ridley turtles, with a contribution from SOS Tartarugas.  They don't nest here but in-water sightings programme has recorded quite a few seen by dive centres and fishing boats.  Sadly, the only Olive Ridleys we have seen have been those caught in fishing nets or in another kind of distress, the strangest of which was this one with a very deformed shell.

The second paper is the culmination of work undertaken by SOS Tartarugas in Maio in 2009 which included surveying all the beaches as well as education and outreach activities.  We hope that this may be of some use to the new environmental association, the Maio Biodiversity Foundation, which will be starting a turtle protection campaign there this season.

Please visit the Zoological Society's website to read the papers.


  1. Interesting articles. Keep up the good work. Saving our planet is what we are hoping for.

    Best wishes,


  2. How wonderful. Thank you so much for the great work you are doing.

  3. Thanks a lot for your kind comments.