Only with the support of more committed supporters can we give sea turtles a long-term chance of survival, help to protect the oceans as a natural habitat and, together with the local population, create a future in which sea turtles can live without man-made threats”.Turtle Foundation
The Turtle Foundation is an international association of closely cooperating organizations for the protection of sea turtles and their habitats. The Foundation is primarily operational and currently runs three sea turtle conservation projects in Indonesia and one in the Republic of Cape Verde. In addition to the direct protection of the nesting beaches by rangers and volunteers, the Turtle Foundation carries out accompanying measures such as local and international educational work, environmental education and help to secure the livelihoods of the local population in the project areas.
The history of the Turtle Foundation goes back to the year 2000, when a handful of committed private individuals on the island of Sangalaki in Indonesia started a project to protect the endangered green sea turtle after they experienced the professionally organized predation of the nests of the highly endangered animals during a diving holiday. This was the birth of the Turtle Foundation. Since then, the work of the organization has steadily developed and become more professional.
From January 2002, thanks to their commitment on Sangalaki, a complete ban on egg collection was achieved and a protection station was put into operation from which local rangers monitor compliance with the collection ban throughout the year.
In 2008, the second protection project for the loggerhead turtle on the island of Boa Vista in the Republic of Cape Verde was launched after up to 1,000 adult female turtles were killed each year on the beaches during the nesting season.
In the course of research into the consumption of turtle eggs and meat, the organization discovered a nesting beach of the rare leather-back turtle on the Indonesian island of Sipora in 2017. This is where the third beach protection project came into being, as the huge, hardly explored animals are highly endangered by poaching of nesting females and their nests.
For the first time in the history of the Turtle Foundation, the organization is also conducting a nationwide information campaign to combat the trade in turtle shell products made from the horn scales of the hawksbill turtle in Indonesia starting in summer 2019.
We are proud to support the Turtle Foundation in its mission to protect this fascinating animal species and its habitats. Sea turtles have been on our planet for about 150 million years, and it is now up to us to make sure that we are not the biggest threat they have ever suffered.Anna Fink, founder uncutbread