Marine turtles are reptiles that returned to the sea more than 100 million years ago. Currently there are only seven species. Some of them live in almost all the oceans of the planet, and make great migrations. Not all sea turtles are classified in the highest category of threat, but their low reproductive rate and slow sexual maturation make them more sensitive to disturbances that humans cause to marine ecosystems.
Each year more than 200 injured marine turtles come to the wildlife rescue centres of the Canary Islands. Through their work, the vast majority (nearly 90 percent) can be recuperated and returned to the sea.
Conservation status: Category EN (Endangered) in the Red List of the IUCN.
Wild population: Not known
Population in captivity: Less than 100
Improve the recruitment of the species.
Optimize recovery rates of injured individuals and develop population supplementation programmes.
Loro Parque Fundación collaborates with rescue centres to raise awareness of the importance of reducing the amount of waste at sea and to protect ecosystems and species, as well as financing the developing of innovative techniques for healing injured individuals. In 2014 it has engaged in an ambitious project for the breeding and release of Loggerhead Turtles, which will help the survival of the species.
University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Other organizations involved
Association for Sustainable Development and Biodiverity Conservation
Wildlife Rescue Centre of Tafira
Funds since 2008: 115,440 $
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