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Protect Sea Turtle Nesting Sites in India

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Help protect endangered baby sea turtles along the coast of the Bay of Bengal!

Along the eastern coast of India, development, pollution, and poaching have driven the local sea turtles towards extinction. What were once nesting grounds have turned into roads and seaside resorts, or are covered with garbage. Turtles are vulnerable to poachers, who illegally sell them as pets, or kill them and use their parts in folk medicines, specialty cuisine, and jewelry.

VSPCA is the organization committed to stopping this, tirelessly monitoring nesting sites, eggs, and hatching endangered sea turtles (olive ridley, green, loggerhead, hawksbill, and leatherback turtles), and rescuing them from plastic bags, dogs, cats, crows, and poachers. Because of their continued efforts since 1996, sea turtle nesting sites and baby sea turtles have dramatically increased along the 25 miles of coastline they patrol and protect. However, VSPCA has plans to expand to the entire 82 miles of coastline to save more sea turtles. They need your help urgently to expand their capacity and protect this critical sea turtle habitat.

You can help. This Gift That Gives More™ funds a week's salary and expenses for a sea turtle ranger patrolling the beaches along the Bay of Bengal.


Report from the Field

June 2017

This year we had a record breaking number of nestings, almost 120% more than last year . We had over 740 nestings and collected almost 89,000 eggs with release done with 86% SUCCESS rate. With this significant rise in nestings it is all the more important to completely protect their habitat.

For more than a decade, the VSPCA (Visakha Society For Protection and Care of Animals) has been working in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to aid suffering animals, prevent cruelty and neglect, protect wildlife, and educate about animal issues. VSPCA conducts extensive spay/neuter campaigns to curb dog and cat overpopulation, provides rescue and ambulance services, helps rescue animals after natural disasters such as the 2004 tsunami, and provides shelter to over a thousand animals in need, including (as of 2008) more than 600 cows and buffalo.

VSPCA provides employment for over 40 people from the surrounding villages, including many women working outside their homes for the first time. Its no-kill shelter compound is eco-friendly, transforming cattle dung into usable energy and making use of vermiculture and intelligent water storage techniques. VSPCA receives no grant funding for any of its wildlife projects, and relies on direct donations and support in order to continue its vital work.

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