Are you an animal lover? How about saving turtles in Central America
Do you love animals, the beach, and want to volunteer? Saving turtles and working in a Wild Life Project might be the right thing for you!
Central America has a very diverse ecosystem and many rich natural resources which makes it a perfect place for people who love to spend time in nature. At INLEXCA we do work with different local projects where volunteers can take action in a nature reserve, park or an environmental project. Depending on your placement you will have the chance to interact with sea turtles, iguanas and alligators, and other tropical climate species.
In our turtle projects for example, volunteers have the possibility to get up-close and personal with one of our favorite marine species, working side by side with the experienced conservationists who have made it their life’s mission to protect them. One of the most emotional and rewarding experience volunteers always talk about is watching baby sea turtles emerge from their nests, carefully collecting them into buckets of sand, and helping them make the arduous trek to the beach, where they can be released to the relative safety of their vast ocean home.
Why are sea turtle projects so important?! Sea Turtles are in danger of extinction and there are many threats to Central American Sea Turtles, like poaching for human consumption, being struck by boat traffic, getting eaten by domestic animals, being caught accidentally by industrial fisheries, and ingesting trash in oceans and beaches.
Sea turtles are also essential for the ocean and the beach as they leave vital nutrients for dune vegetation through their unhatched nests and leftover egg shells. As for the ocean, sea turtles help to control the jellyfish population, including stinging jellyfish!
Sea turtles have been around for 110 million years, so participating in sea turtle conservation will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.