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, September 7, 2009

Latest figures

It's still turning out to be a bumper year here in Sal. As of the 5th September we have 2,908 tracks (compared to a total of 1,238 in 2008), 689 nests (compared to 347 for all of 2008) and we have tagged 260 turtles (compared to 101 last year). Unfortunately, we still have turtles being killed. On protected beaches 1% of turtle emergences end in death compared to a terrible 15% on the northern beaches which we are unable to patrol. At least the mortality rate for the protected beaches is in decline (it was 1.71% last year) but it is still too much.


  1. Here hoping our babies hatch soon... Louise & Paul (Nest 18)

  2. Gosh what a catch 22!! So many new turtles coming to nest this year however so many killings still occur!!!