Adopt a turtle
It's estimated that only around 1 in 1,000 marine turtle hatchlings make it to adulthood.
There are seven species – hawksbill, leatherback, loggerhead, flatback, olive ridley, Kemp's ridley and green turtle - and at least six of the seven species are at risk of extinction. Adopt a turtle for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.
Your adoption really helps
Animal adoptions like yours give a huge boost to our work. They not only help fund projects to work with local communities to monitor turtle movements and protect their habitat but also fund our other vital work around the world. You can adopt a turtle for yourself or as a gift for a loved one this Christmas.
Protect these incredible animals and receive
Marine turtles are excellent navigators – they often migrate hundreds, even thousands of kilometres between feeding and nesting grounds. Male turtles never leave the sea, but females come ashore to lay eggs – amazingly to the same beach where they themselves hatched.
Marine turtles need to get to the surface to breathe, and if they get caught up in fishing gear, they can drown.
One of the main threats marine turtles face is the destruction of their habitats. Development along coastlines is destroying nesting beaches, making it harder for female turtles to lay their eggs.
Marine turtles are poached for their meat and shells, and nests are raided for eggs, which are seen as a delicacy in some cultures.
Climate change is causing sea levels to rise, and increase the number, and the intensity, of storms. This can damage and destroy nesting beaches.
How we can help
We’re reducing the negative impact of fishing practices on marine turtles by, including the use of less-harmful fishing gear – for example, ‘circle hooks’ instead of traditional ‘j’ hooks can reduce accidental capture of turtles by up to 80%.
We’re helping protect marine turtle habitats. In Fiji, we’re working with local communities to protect, monitor and manage turtle nesting grounds.
Your adoption and support will help us:
- Reduce accidental by-catch of turtles and lobbying to have on-board observers on fishing vessels
- Influencing national policy including input into the Fiji Sea Turtle Recovery Plan
- Sharing of data and insights with local communities to improve turtle conservation
- Capacity building on law enforcement, protection, management, research and monitoring
- Promoting sustainable development and livelihood diversification to reduce pressure on marine environment
- Fund our other essential work around the world
Turtles have light, spongy bones that help them float.
Last minute gift?
Your pack will be sent within 2-3 working days - but allow up to 5 working days for it to arrive.
Any other questions?
Take a look at our adoption FAQs