Mexico - Turtle Conservation
Mexico - A Secret Gem
Mexico is a real meeting-place of cultures; a modern, industrialised and well-educated country that's full of history. American, Spanish and Indian influences all come together to make it a fascinating place that mixes the developed and developing worlds: a stimulating cocktail of wealth and poverty, colour and vibrancy.
Travelling around you’ll encounter mountains and volcanoes, deserts and beautiful beaches, ancient ruins and civilizations, and nearly 30 World Heritage Sites. In addition, it is one of the most diverse countries in the world in terms of biodiversity, with over 200,000 different species of flora and fauna. In summary, it’s a little slice of paradise - start packing…
Protect and Preserve the Beloved Turtle
Head to the stunning Pacific shores of Mexico to help a team of volunteers conserve and protect the endangered sea turtles.
You'll be based at a conservation and research centre on the Pacific coast, just a 20 minute walk from Cuyutlan which is a small coastal town (population 78,000). It will take about 4 hours by bus from the main office in Guadalajara.
Tecoman will be your weekend getaway destination - only a short drive away find where you'll plenty of wi-fi facilities and weekend activities to keep you busy.
While you are here you will also have the opportunity to work closely with local crocodiles and iguanas and take part in ongoing and important biodiversity studies in nearby lagoons and estuaries. The data gathered is used by researchers across the Americas.
As a taster, you will:
- Look after the Olive Ridley, Black and Leatherback turtles - ensuring they are fed, clean, unstressed, uninjured and that they are measured and weighed once a month.
- Complete night patrols, along the beach, to identify new turtle nests and relocate the eggs to safety.
- Monitor the relocated nests.
- Collect information about the poached nests for research and statistical purposes.
- Help release baby turtles into the sea (seasonal).
Crocs and iguanas
Once a week you’ll visit La Colorado Crocodile Centre to clean and maintain their pens, take biometric data and mark the crocodiles in nearby lagoons.
Help feed the resident baby and adult green iguanas.
Monitor the presence and condition of wildlife in a nearby estuary and lagoon.
Help re-forest mangrove swamps.
Work will normally be around 5 hours/day.
Minimum number of weeks is 2.
Live in a volunteer house right on the beach.
Interested in this; ready to enquire?
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