Turtle Foundation – Uma iniciativa para proteger as tartarugas marinhas ameaçadas de extinção

Islands of Mataha and Bilang-Bilangan

Projeto Indonésia

Desde 2000: Rangers estão protegendo ilhas de nidificação do arquipélago Derawan.

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Projeto Cabo Verde

Desde 2008: Turtle Foundation está protegendo quase 35 km de praias de nidificação em Boa Vista.

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Nesting green turtle; image by Kurt Amsler

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(Situação Setembro 2020)

A difficult year for all of us is entering its final quarter, and the pandemic continues to keep us in its grip. The withdrawal from participation in various events may belong to the smaller problems. More painful is that we have to cancel the popular Turtle Raffle for 2021, which prizes are sponsored by the diving industry and for which ticket sales would now have started in autumn. We sincerely apologise to our regular participants and prize sponsors.

But of course, we are also feeling the effects of the pandemic in our projects – for example, no international volunteers were able to help us with the beach protection measures on Boa Vista, Cape Verde. The fact that we can still carry out our protection projects everywhere with practically no loss of scope or quality is due to the tireless efforts of our employees and rangers on site, but also to all our donors and supporters, who do not let us down in these days. This time we would especially like to express our very, very heartfelt thanks!

Loggerhead turtle hatchling, Boa Vista, Cape VerdeBoa Vista: Will it be another record nesting season?

Due to the lockdown, this year we started the direct beach protection measures on Boa Vista a few days delayed. However, it soon became clear that this nesting season of loggerhead turtles, beginning in June every year, would be extraordinary in other respects as well: Very soon, an unusually large number of turtles began to climb the beaches, and if it continues like this, this year will close with a new record number of nests! Fortunately, our initial fear that poaching would also increase due to a sharp rise in unemployment did not come true. This is in part attributable to the increased beach patrols by special teams using species protection dogs and night vision drones.

Photo: From September onward, freshly hatched baby turtles can be observed regularly on the nightly beaches on their way to the sea. Here, a morning straggler.

Turtle Rangers on Belambangan island, East Borneo, IndonesiaBelambangan: Protection project further consolidated

Our conservation project on the small island of Belambangan in the Derawan Archipelago off East Borneo, Indonesia, has already been running for almost two years. Since the beginning of this year, our rangers have been enjoying a new, solid station for living and working. This is a great relief compared to the life in a temporary camp they had before on this very remote island. A few weeks ago, a new speedboat could finally be purchased, as the existing one was a bit outdated and started to pose a safety risk for our rangers on the long way across the open sea. The green sea turtles thank our new protection efforts with high nesting activity. Their eggs are now no longer collected by poachers, and this year again many thousands of hatchlings will reach the sea and help to stabilize the endangered population.

Photo: Rangers on Belambangan digging and evaluating a hatched nest.

Leatherback sea turtle on Selaut Besar, West Sumatra, IndonesiaSumatra: Leatherback turtles again nesting on the beach of Sipora?

On the island of Sipora off West Sumatra, we eagerly await the beginning of the upcoming leatherback turtle nesting season in October. The turtles nesting on Sipora belong to a highly endangered subpopulation of these impressive animals. We are all the more concerned that not a single animal appeared on the large nesting beach during the last nesting season. Of course, we hope very much that our efforts on Sipora will not come too late and that we will be able to further expand our integrative conservation project, which is also directed to benefit the needs of the local people. Furthermore, we are now cooperating with the Indonesian organisation Ecosystem Impact, with which we aim to protect additional important nesting sites of this endangered local population of leatherback turtles along the chain of islands off West and North Sumatra.

Photo: Satellite tagging of a leatherback turtle on Selaut Besar off North Sumatra. Will the leatherback turtles return to Sipora as well?

Turtle Foundation mascot Kimi speaks in TV spot against turtle shell trade in IndonesiaBali: Turtle Foundation mascot Kimi on Indonesian television

In Indonesia, the critically endangered hawksbill turtle is still killed in large numbers for their coveted shell, which is used to make jewellery and souvenirs. From Bali we are directing a nationwide campaign against the illegal trade with turtle shell products. For this campaign we produced a TV spot with our mascot Kimi as the protagonist. The spot is now being broadcasted on several channels in Indonesia and will hopefully convince many people in an entertaining way to refrain from buying turtle shell jewellery. You can find the one-minute spot with English subtitles here on our YouTube channel. Despite the serious subject matter – Kimi’s charm will enchant you!

Photo: Our anti turtle shell spot with animated mascot Kimi is currently shown regularly in many thousands of Indonesian households

“The Summer of your Life!” We are offering conservation volunteering opportunities for the sea turtle turtle nesting on Boavista, Republic of Cape Verde.

Atenção: Tendo em conta a crise da Corona, suspendemos inicialmente o procedimento de candidatura de voluntários para esta época. No entanto, caso esteja interessado no nosso programa de voluntariado, aguardamos o seu contacto para
Iremos informá-lo quando pudermos continuar o programa.

Information & Application

On Boavista there are jobs available for active turtle conservationists: camp coordinators, field coordinators, and a volunteer coordinator.

Aqui pode fazer o download da newsletter quinzenal da nossa equipa da Boavista: Turtle Times

Ajude proteger

… porque a extinção é para sempre. A Turtle Foundation protege ativamente tartarugas marinhas e para isso precisamos da sua ajuda. Doe agora…
Ao adotar uma tartaruga marinha que você apoia o trabalho de conservação urgente da Turtle Foundation conservação urgente. Adote uma tartaruga marinha…
Estamos à procura de voluntários altamente motivados e entusiasmados, estagiários e membros da equipa para o nosso projecto, durante a época de nidificação 2015 na ilha da Boavista! Inscreva-se agora…
Qualquer pessoa pode se registrar como membro, independentemente do domicílio ou nacionalidade. Torne-se membro…


• 13-19 Fev. 2021 | International Sea Turtle Symposium (ISTS) – Cartagena (Columbia)
• Primavera 2022 | International Sea Turtle Symposium (ISTS) – Perth (Australia)


In the course of the nationwide anti-turtleshell campaign, our partner organisation Yayasan Penyu Indonesia has released this short information film. The short film is now being shown on Indonesian TV stations with a wide coverage.
Our mascot Kimi informs about the illegal sale of turtleshell products in Indonesia. The turtle explains that the production of these products means cruel torment and death for the sea turtles.

Mijke de Waal voluntariou-se para a Fundação Turtle na Boavista, Cabo Verde, em Setembro de 2018, depois de ter realizado a famosa Marcha dos Quatro Dias de Nijmegen (“Vierdaagse”) em Julho desse ano, que dedicou à Fundação Turtle na forma de uma grande campanha de angariação de fundos. Neste vídeo maravilhoso e atmosférico, imortalizou as suas memórias da Boavista e do seu tempo no Campo Lacacão, protegendo as tartarugas marinhas ameaçadas de extinção.

Em 2017, a Turtle Foundation descobriu um local de nidificação até agora desconhecido das tartarugas marinhas de couro do Oceano Índico Nordeste, uma das ilhas Mentawai ao largo de Sumatra, na Indonésia. Infelizmente, as tartarugas lá são fortemente exploradas para a produção de carne e ovos. Desde dezembro de 2017, estamos executando um projeto de proteção integrada em colaboração com as comunidades locais em Sipora para salvar as tartarugas de couro.

Encontre mais vídeos no nosso canal do Youtube!