BENEFITING: ECOLOGY PROJECT INTERNATIONAL
EVENT DATE: Jun 01, 2016
“This place is magical…
…I feel it has changed us forever.” – Matt and Jen
Preserve. Protect. Pacuare: More than 2,500 acres of lowland tropical rainforest adjacent to four miles of Caribbean coastline in Costa Rica -- where 5% of the world's biodiversity exists, and home to the fourth most important nesting beach in the world for vulnerable leatherback sea turtles. Pacuare is home to more than 260 mammal and bird species, 1/3 of which are listed as threatened or endangered of extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Since 2000, Ecology Project International (EPI) has been connecting youth in Costa Rica to scientists who inform conservation of Pacuare and the majestic wildlife that live there. Most of the youth who live near Pacuare have never seen a live sea turtle before, yet are accustomed to seeing the leatherback's poached eggs for sale at the market.
Since EPI started field science programs in Pacuare 16 years ago, more than 8,500 youth have taken an active role in conservation of their home -- patrolling beaches at night, monitoring nesting turtles, moving eggs to safer locations on the beach, and engaging their communities in positive conservation behaviors. With the help of local, lifelong stewards, illegal harvesting of leatherback sea turtle eggs has gone from 80% to less than 2%. Engaging youth in this work is effective and sustainable.
EPI is Pacuare’s new protector, and we need your help to ensure that this truly unique place on Earth will continue to inspire science education and local dedication to its conservation.
You can help. Donate or create your own fundraiser #PreserveProtectPacuare #ForOurFuture.