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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Saturday, January 12, 2013

SOS Tartarugas hosts visit from Bridgewater University, Mass.

Even though we have no nesting turtles right now, we had a fun & interesting morning with a group of students from the USA.

The students had visited several islands and had taken part in activities that contributed to Capeverdean society or the environment.

Following a presentation about marine turtles in Cabo Verde and the work of SOS Tartarugas, the students visited two of Sal's major nesting beaches.  On Costa Fragata they saw the natural, undeveloped coastline that is part of the Protected Areas system and then saw the contrast with the developed beach of Algodoeiro.

The students, two of whom had families originating in Cabo Verde, were all very interested in conservation issued presented by the development of Sal and many stated an interest in volunteering in future years.

The trip was organised by The Home of Happy Wanderers,  a long established children's home in Boston.  The home has an excellent programme called Academic Support for College and Life which helps young people make the transition to university life and independent living.

SOS Tartarugas was very proud to have met & hopefully inspired these young people.

Thanks to Centro Psicossocial de Santa Maria for hosting the presentation.

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