Sea Turtle Monitoring Program

Trip Highlights

  • Volunteer to protect endangered sea turtle species in their natural habitat as well as to promote public awareness by further collaborating with local communities and national authorities
  • An opportunity to get up close to these beautiful creatures whilst helping to ensure the health and survival of the species
  • Work on the beautiful beaches of Nosy Komba and live the beach life to the fullest!
  • Gain first-hand international work experience and learn more about the conservation procedures of these endangered species
  • Make lifelong friends and return with incredible stories, photos, and memories

Overview

Be a volunteer for the Sea Turtle Conservation Program in Madagascar with Volunteering Solutions, and assist the staff in identifying nesting areas by visiting remote beaches on islands surrounding the island of Nosy Be. This program gives volunteers the opportunity to get up close to these beautiful creatures whilst helping to ensure the health and survival of the species into the future.

Two species of turtle are monitored; the critically endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) and the endangered Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas). The Sea Turtle Monitoring Program runs year-round with the focus of the program shifting depending on the season. During the nesting season from October to March each year, when turtles come ashore to lay their eggs, the project focuses on preventing the poaching of mothers and nests, collecting data on the nesting turtles and their eggs, and moving nests that have been laid in locations that are unsuitable for hatching success.

During the dry season, from April to September, the program focuses on collecting ID and behavioral data on turtles in the water, rehabilitating nesting beaches and educating local communities on the importance of turtles in the ecosystem. 

Currently, large numbers of turtle eggs are being plundered on many of the remote beaches, and hatchlings and fully reproductive turtles are shockingly being harvested for the souvenir trade. Due to the already naturally low survival rate of turtle hatchlings, this is having devastating impacts on population numbers.

For those who love to be surrounded by animals and are keen to volunteer for the well-being of the turtles, there can be nothing better than this!

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