Tortugas Playa Venao was established to develop community programs and outreach activities, involving local and international volunteers, in an effort to raise awareness of sea turtle conservation in Playa Venao, Panama.
Sea turtles play a key role in the marine ecosystem at global level, especially because some species exhibit a migratory pattern traversing the national boundaries of many countries. But, they are facing threats including: poachers, natural predators, pathogens, unsustainable coastal development, and climatic change. Worldwide low numbers indicate these species will not survive unless efforts are put in place to conserve the marine ecosystems, especially those considered as key habitats.
Tortugas Playa Venao was created by a group of local and international volunteers at the end of 2020 with the aim to protect one of Panama’s most vital nesting sites for the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. We are committed to the care and conservation of sea turtles through protection initiatives, public education, and ecotourism. Over the past year, we built one small nursery with over 40+ nests. Ultimately, our dream is to increase the survival rate for these majestic creatures and ensure their return to this beach for decades to come.
Although sea turtle nesting is seasonal, our work with conservation, education, and community outreach is year-round. Click below to see ways you can get involved!