There are many ways to save the turtles-- working directly with the turtles is just one way! In addition we work to educate everyone everywhere on the threats to sea turtles. Poaching is a major threat on the island, and getting the locals out of poaching is an important project. We strive to create new sources of sustainable income to lessen the stress on the turtles.
Project 2: Pulperia
Our pulpuria (little store) speciallizes in all the emergency needs for the volunteer--like chocolate! We also have an assortment of items for the locals that live on the island such as rice, beans, and veggies.
We also sell jewelry and souviners to sustain the Casa de Coco. We have hopes in the future to offer items from all the locals on the island such as artwork or food-- like selling fresh caught fish or fresh cows milk from the locals. This will lessen their dependency on poaching.
Project 3: Vegetable Garden
Creating sustainable incomes and alternative sources of food for the locals helps to save the turtles by reducing the need for poaching turtles for food and money.
We curently grow over 30 different fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
This picture is of Yucca. This native vegetable grows underground like potatoes and is a staple for Costa Ricans. It can be prepared fried or added to soups.
Project 1: Community Center
We are working to build an open-air community center for the entire island to come together to learn about sea turtle threats and conservation.
We host Turtle Talk Tuesdays at 2 o'clock every week to educate the community and work to establish a bond with the local community.