Our mission at La Tortuga Viva ("The Living Turtle", LTV) is to preserve and protect three IUCN Red Listed vulnerable and endangered sea turtle species (Olive Ridley, Leatherback and Green Turtle) and educate the community about the importance of sea turtles and the marine ecosystems of which they are a part.
- Protect nesting turtles and nests through patrolling 18 kilometers of beach and transplanting nests into sanctuary on a daily basis;
- Monitor incubation process of nests to ensure successful breeding production and responsibly release hatchlings to the sea;
- Raise environmental awareness of the conservation benefits of sea turtles with visitors and the local community through educational talks and related sea turtle activities, such as turtle releases.
- Ensure all camp volunteers are properly trained in sea turtle collection and monitoring and are using conservation best practices for artificial hatcheries in order to obtain the highest sea turtle hatchling success rate;
- Ensure all camp volunteers and those involved with LTV’s work are knowledgeable about the importance and ecological impact of the protection and conservation of sea turtles, in order to to be stewards for the environment.