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, December 12, 2011

Shark specialist needed

We are looking for someone with experience of working with sharks.  See our job blog for more information.

Ecotourism could save turtles in Cabo Verde

In an article published in national newspaper, Expresso das Ilhas, our colleagues Natura 2000, who work in Boa Vista, suggest that the problems of hunting of turtles could be solved through ecotourism and the development of the country.  The full article can be read here

Sunday, December 4, 2011

First cruise ship passengers to visit Sal love turtles!

On Thursday 1 December we were very pleased to be invited to give a lecture on the Island Sky the first cruise ship to dock in Sal since the port at Palmeira was extended.

The small (for a cruise ship anyway) ship, operated by Noble Caledonia has a capacity of only 114 passengers and the majority of the 80 or so on board came to hear about the turtles in Sal.

The presentation covered biology and life cycle, threats to turtles worldwide as well as information about the situation on Sal and the rest of Cape Verde.

The cruise shippers were a wonderful audience, asking lots of great questions and they were obviously moved by the plight of the turtles, with one guest even suggesting that they make a collection to help the cause.
Naturalist Guy, Cruise Director Andrea, the Captain & Emma
It was a great night for our small team that still remains and it was hard to leave the ship as they set sail for the Ascension Islands directly after the talk.  I think we can safely say there are lots more turtle advocates after that night!