It is urgent to act for the conservation of sea turtles

Playa Preciosa is a key nesting ground for three endangered species of sea turtle found worldwide... The latter are in the process of extinction and the nests have many predators (dogs, wild animals and the man who consumes the eggs …). Tortugas Preciosas is a little nonprofit program dedicated to the conservation of sea turtles in the Osa Peninsula.  Our program is dedicated to protect these species. We achieve this goal by integrating conservation, research and education.

Our actions on playa Preciosa

Education

We believe that the best way to inspire future generations is to enable travelers, researchers and students from around the world to participate in conservation work. 

Another important part of the educational program is the community outreach. We focus in educating local communities and children at school about sea turtle and conservation.

Conservation

In our morning patrols we surveyed the beach early morning every day. All nests presents are located, GPS marked and subdequently monitored. When nests are located in a safe place we protect them covering with bamboo meshes (in situ) made by ourlseves, otherwise, we relocate them to our hatchery or to another safer sector in the beach. At the time of hatching, we protect small turtles from predators until they make it safe and sound to the ocean.

Research

On our night patrols we take biometric measumerements of every adult encountered. We also perform a health assessment, measure and mark turtles. 
 
All data is processed in data bases for further analysis along to other researchers, projects and universities.
 

RESULTS 2019

293
PROTECTED NESTS ON BEACH
17
PROTECTED NESTS OF CAREYS
21281
baby turtles released
82%

HATCHING SUCCESS

RESULTS 2020

88
PROTECTED NESTS ON BEACH
278
PROTECTED NESTS ON VIVERO
42
PROTECTED NESTS OF CAREYS
21522
baby turtles released
85%

HATCHING SUCCESS

How can you help us ?

Activities

Discover and support our project by participating in a night patrol or morning patrol or be part our hatchling release.
Two unique experiences.

Donate

Help us to go the extra mile! Constantly we need to renew our hatchery, get equipment and support locals to volunteer. Any contribution is highly appreciated.

Volunteer

Come help us on playa Preciosa. Participate in our research, awareness and protection actions for a week or longer. Any contribution is highly appreciated.

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Playa Preciosa in the Osa Peninsula is a key nesting ground for three endangered species of sea turtle found worldwide. Our program is dedicated to protect these species integrating conservation, research and education.

NUESTRA PRIMERA CAREY ANIDANDOEn nuestras primeras patrullas de esta semana ya tenemos el registro de nuestra primer tortuga Carey anidando y en un lugar muy seguro de la playa. Este año tendremos mucho más esfuerzos para la protección de esta especie en peligro crítico.OUR FIRST HAWKSBILL NESTINGIn our first patrols this week we already have the record of our first Hawksbill turtle nesting and in a very safe place on the beach.This year we will have much more efforts to protect this critically endangered species. ... See MoreSee Less

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Estamos muy felices de empezar nuestra temporada 2021 con las primeras patrullas en donde encontramos los primeros rastros.We are very happy to start our 2021 season with the first patrols where we found the first tracks@ ... See MoreSee Less

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En la carrera por llegar al mar!! ... See MoreSee Less

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𝗟𝗼𝘀 ú𝗹𝘁𝗶𝗺os 𝗻𝗶𝗱os 𝗱𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗴𝗮 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗱𝗲.Esta semana realizamos las excavaciones de los ultimos nidos de Tortuga verde y todos tuvieron éxitos de eclosión de mas del 80%.Estos son algunos de los últimos bebés dejando el nido.🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗧𝘂𝗿𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗡𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀:This week we carried out the excavations of the last Green turtle nests and all had hatching successes of more than 80%.These are some of the last babies leaving the nest. ... See MoreSee Less

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𝗡𝗨𝗘𝗩𝗢 𝗩𝗜𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗢!!Ayer dimos por terminado la preparación del área para nuestro nuevo vivero de tortugas marinas. Esta nueva área tendrá el espacio para al menos 200 nidos. Muchas gracias a los integrantes de Covirenas de ACOSA y Guardaparques Comunitarios por su ayuda en este trabajo tan importante.𝗡𝗘𝗪 𝗛𝗔𝗧𝗖𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗬 Yesterday we finished preparing the area for our new sea turtle hatchery. This new area will have the space for at least 200 nests.Many thanks to the members of Covirenas and Community Park Rangers for their help in this important work. ... See MoreSee Less

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