Turtle camp Los Quelonios is located in Playa Ventura, Copala. Guerrero, Mexico.
The camp was founded in 1989. Originally it was called El Garapacho. In 2014, the name was changed to Los Quelonios. Until 2019, in total, it has been 15 years that the camp has been helping in the conservation of sea turtles. The volunteers who donate their time to the camp are 12, although this may vary each year. The camp operates according to the official Mexican norm 162 of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT).
Approximately 70 thousand eggs are collected per year which are planted in the nursery of the camp. Between 50 thousand and 60 thousand baby turtles are released every year.
Why I decided to create this website for Turtle Camp Los Quelonios?
My friend Dawn, my friend McDonald and I, Javier, visited Turtle Camp Los Quelonios in august 2018. I visited again the camp in December 2018. The camp is located in Playa Ventura, in the municipality of Copala. State of Guerrero, Mexico.
In august, Mr. Angel and biology student Aketzally took us to look for sea turtles. We found some olive ridley turtles laying their eggs. We collected their eggs and we planted them in the camp nursery. In December, Mr. Angel took me to look for turtles. We found some olive ridley turtles and some leatherback turtles (leatherback turtles are the biggest sea turtles). We also collected their eggs and we planted them in the camp nursery. When baby turtles are born, they are released immediately. They are never kept in captivity. They grow in their natural habitat.
The work volunteers do to preserve sea turtles is of great importance and it is important to support them. You can support the camp by making a donation today.
Right now, the camp needs a Quad/ATV, All-Terrain 350, gasoline for the quad, radios, cyclonic mesh, shadow mesh, mosquito net, red lights, latero gloves, etc. Your donation of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or more dollars will help to buy what the camp needs. Click here to make a donation now All the money raised will be for Turtle Camp Los Quelonios.
Six of the seven sea turtles lay their eggs in Mexican beaches (three of them lay their eggs in Playa Ventura). These turtles are: Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), green turtle (Chelonia mydas), loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), kemp’s ridley turtle (Lepidochelys kempii), olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) and hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata).
Sea turtles are in danger of extinction. We must do anything we can to protect them. In Mexico is prohibited to kill sea turtles and eat their eggs, however in some places in Mexico people still kill turtles to eat them. People eat their eggs too. Also many turtles are captured accidentally every year in commercial fishing nets and they die.
According to the Mexican government , “In order to guarantee its reproduction and reduce the risk of extinction, on May 31, 1990, the decree of a permanent prohibition for the fishery in national waters of all species of #SeaTurtles was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation. In addition, the Federal Penal Code stipulates that “the consumption and sale of turtle meat and eggs is illegal,” in case of non-compliance, a penalty of up to nine years in prison is established, in addition to economic fines.”
Do you know that sea turtles have been around since the time of dinosaurs? AMAZING! Sea turtles have inhabited planet earth for more than 100 million years. Only one in a thousand turtles reach adulthood. Mama turtles return to lay their eggs to the same beach where they were born. Papa turtles do not return to the beaches. Support the conservation of these ancestral animals. Make a donation right now.
May and June are two important months for turtles. May 23 is “World Turtle Day” and June 16 is “World Sea Turtle Day.” Everyone can do something for the protection and conservation of sea turtles, and marine animals in general. Please share this website on social media using the hashtags #LosQuelonios and #WorldSeaTurtleDay.
Every year, between November and March, the leatherback turtle arrives at the beaches of the Río Escalante-Chacocente Wildlife Refuge  on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua to lay its eggs, however this season (November 2018 – March 2019) leatherback turtles did not arrive to lay their eggs. This could happen again in the coming seasons.
The extinction of a single animal affects the entire ecosystem. According to an article of the UNAM , “turtles, like many other species, fulfill an environmental service, because they contribute to balance the population of other organisms, such as jellyfish and sponges that they eat and whose overpopulation would pose a risk to the destruction of the reefs in which they live.”
Climate change also has an impact on turtles. The heat of the sand where the eggs are incubated determines the sex of the turtles. Warmer temperatures cause more female offspring. A study in Australia  in 2017 showed that 99 percent of green turtle hatchlings were female.
If you want to visit the camp (you need to know some Spanish), Playa Ventura has an excellent climate in all seasons of the year, beautiful beaches, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, affordable hotels and restaurants. It’s easy to get to Playa Ventura by public transportation or private car. And people are very friendly!
It was amazing to see these millenary animals lay their eggs. Let’s save these millenary animals from extinction. Your contribution will help volunteers to keep doing the work they have been doing for years. All the contributions will be for Turtle Camp Los Quelonios.
I decided to design this website for the Turtle Camp Los Quelonios because even though I do not live in Playa Ventura, we can all do something for sea turtles, no matter what city or country we live in. This is one of my contributions. I invite you to support the camp by making a donation of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or more dollars. Click here to make a contribution now. Turtles and volunteers will be very grateful. Thank you!
Turtle Camp Los Quelonios needs a Quad/ATV, All-Terrain 350. The quad will help volunteers to travel longer distances and collect more eggs to plant in the camp nursery. LosQuelonios.org
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