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Why there could be much fewer sea turtles than previously assumed – and how this might affect our work, too

For us humans, sea turtles are still quite unknown creatures, to a large extent: Usually, they become visible only when they return to their home beaches to dig nests and lay eggs. What they do in the meantime, when, where, and how, remains a mystery even to natural scientists (to put it in a somewhat [...]

By | September 26th, 2018|Cape Verde, General|

Financed by European taxpayers: Industrial fisheries kill countless sea birds and sea turtles

Industrial fishing vessels off the coasts of West Africa kill thousands of endangered marine animals every year. A representative of the Turtle Foundation attended a conference in Senegal dealing with this urgent problem. There are possibilities existing to significantly reduce the devastating bycatch – but the political will is lacking. What sounds like a bad [...]

By | July 12th, 2018|Cape Verde, General|

“No stress!” – My Summer with Turtle Foundation

When the turtle babies hatch on the beach at night, Maya Visbeck is in her element. As a long-term volunteer for the Turtle Foundation, she experienced an unforgettable summer on Boavista – recommended for imitation! "My name is Maya Visbeck and I was born in the US and raised in Germany, always by the sea. [...]

By | June 25th, 2018|Cape Verde, General|

Start of the nesting season 2018 on Boavista, Cape Verde

It’s the kick-start of the 2018 season for Turtle Foundation in Boa Vista and it’s going to be a great year for us here in Cape Verde! We started with the addition of two new vehicles to our fleet, a new Toyota Hilux and a FUSO truck, much needed to improve our capacity to reach [...]

By | June 17th, 2018|Cape Verde, General|

National sea turtle conference TAOLA on Boavista, Cape Verde: High expectations for the new law for the protection of sea turtles

From 23 to 26 April 2018, the annual conference of the national turtle protection network TAOLA (Tartaruga Kriola) took place in Sal Rei on Boavista, Cape Verde, with about 60 participants. TAOLA brings together all non-governmental organizations dedicated to the protection of endangered sea turtles on the various islands of the archipelago, but also nature [...]

By | May 15th, 2018|Cape Verde, Events, General|

Karetta and Kelo: Two super noses for sea turtle conservation

The Turtle Foundation welcomes two new "collaborators": Karetta and Kelo, two young, lively Labradors, who will support our team on Boavista as conservation dogs from June 2018 on. They were born on 13 June 2017 in the renowned Slovakian kennel Aguzannis and are currently in the care of the Swiss dog trainer Marlene Zähner, who [...]

By | December 22nd, 2017|Cape Verde, General|

Prince Albert II of Monaco visits beach camp of the Turtle Foundation

On Friday, 22 September 2017, during his visit on Boavista S. D. Prince Albert II of Monaco welcomed representatives of our team as well as other local conservation organisations and a group of researchers from Queen Mary University London aboard the research vessel M/V Yersin. The visit of Prince Albert II was part of the [...]

By | September 25th, 2017|Cape Verde, General|

Turtle Times: The August newsletter 2017 of our Boavista team

These are the topics of the August issue of the Turtle Times, the newsletter of our Boavista team: Middle of season: Despite the record year 2016 we were surprised by an unusually high number of nesting sea turtles on Boavista's beaches. There was a lot to do... Hatchery: In addition to the hatchery on Lacacão [...]

By | September 15th, 2017|Cape Verde, General|

Turtle Times: The June/July newsletter 2017 of our Boavista team

The first issue of the Turtle Times, the newsletter of our Boavista team with exciting reports from our sea turtle conservation project, is ready for download! These are the topics covered: Start of the season: The new loggerhead sea turtle nesting season started with new challenges. Installation of camps: Instead of only three camps as [...]

By | August 10th, 2017|General, Cape Verde, General|

Nesting saison 2017 on Boavista in full swing

After the extensive preparations in the months before ("After the season is before the season!") in June we started to erect our field stations on the turtle nesting beaches to be protected by us in 2017 on Boavista. This time we were particularly challenged, because instead of three camps so far, we had to build [...]

By | August 4th, 2017|General, Cape Verde, General|