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Conservation in Mexico - Monthly Update December 2007
We finished our Olive Ridley season with impressive numbers, (2,192 nests collected). A good effort and many sleepless nights brought up great results, as these numbers do not reflect the amount of turtles that came out to lay their eggs on our beach, but our capacity to collect them. It has been a great effort from our staff and our volunteers, and has placed us among the most prolific beaches regarding Olive Ridley conservation in Mexico.
This was not by any means an easy task, not at all! The constant maintenance that we must give to our equipment, the never easy weather conditions, the constant poachers in the area, are just a few of the factors that we must face in order to maintain this high number of nests collected.
Now the year has come to the end, leaving us enough time to take a breather before the magnificent Leatherbacks arrive, these gigantic animals usually arrive around the start of the year. These turtles have a 2 to 3 year cycle of laying their eggs, and this last year we had an small amount of them coming to our beach, which means that this year should be good for the numbers of nests we can collect.
Our Crocodile Project has also improved a lot, the Government investments really turned the place into something else! The infrastructure of the place improved considerably, and now we must prepare the equipment to collect this season's nests in order to obtain our new offspring of baby crocodiles for this season. Our babies from the last seasons are now huge and the new specimens that joined the crocodile breeding program in the center are adapting well and seem to get along just fine with the others.
At camp, our new reptile ID program is up and running, and the biodiversity study that we run in the lagoon, has given us really good results (74 identified species), catching the Government attention to develop an environmental impact study in the area. This will give enough data to support the sanctuary declaration we are aiming for.
This last year has brought us much satisfaction, many volunteers left the camp really pleased and feeling truly happy about the fact that they helped us make a difference in the never easy task that conservation can be. Personally I would like to add that the interest that many of our volunteers show and their excitement about what they do here, is enough fuel to carry on.
January 2nd 2008