Volunteer with Turtles

Volunteering with turtles is a truly unforgettable experience and it also helps to secure these marine animals with a future for years to come. Turtle volunteers are essential because all of the seven species of sea turtle are all listed as either vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered and without action, soon enough this damage will be irreversible. 

Sea turtles already don't have it easy, as hatchling survival rates are so low due to baby turtles being ideal prey for many predators both on land and in the sea, but the biggest threats that turtles face are due to human activity. These threats include hunting, overfishing, climate change and pollution - we are sure many of you will have seen videos on social media of endless turtles caught in nets or swimming amongst large amounts of rubbish. However, by joining one of our turtle volunteer programs, you can help to protect the animals from these threats!

Our turtle volunteer projects are located in some of the most beautiful places on earth, from dazzling Costa Rica to pristine Sri Lanka. By volunteering with turtles with The Great Projects, you could be in with a chance of caring for the turtles by collecting and protecting eggs, maintaining tanks and night patrols on the beach! 

Turtles desperately need some positive intervention, so secure a place to volunteer with turtles today!

Turtles At A Glance

ENDANGERED STATUS
Vulnerable
NUMBER REMAINING IN THE WILD
Varies Across Species - 30,000 Leatherback Sea Turtles Remain
ENDEMIC REGION
Oceans All Around The World

How Endangered Are Turtles

There are 7 different species of turtle, all of which are listed as either vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered. The most endangered species of sea turtle is the Kemp's Ridley. Whilst population numbers are difficult to calculate, it is said that less than 10,000 kemp ridley turtles remain.  

10,000 may seem like a lot, but when you consider that more than 100,000 nested on the shores in a single day back in the 1940s, the extent of their decline in such a short space of time should be a serious concern for all. Therefore, having people volunteer with turtles is one of the only hopes of providing them with a future. 

Threats Turtles Are Facing

Sea turtles face a variety of different threats, and while some of them are natural, many are due to human activity and something must be done. 

  • Climate change - the climate of the sand in which mother turtles will lay their eggs determines the sex of the hatchling. If there is not a good balance between males and females, there will not be enough turtles reproducing future generations.
  • Overharvesting - there is still a huge demand for turtle egg soup in many countries, and all too often eggs are snatched from their nests in order to fuel this trade.
Fast Facts
  • Despite that turtles can be found in oceans all over the world, mother turtles will return to the same place they were born to nest their own eggs!
  • The largest species of sea turtle is the leatherback turtle. On average, they weigh in between 250 - 700 kg!
  • Turtles have been around for much longer than humans, as studies show they existed during the time of the dinosaurs!
  • The shell of a sea turtle is actually part of its skeleton, made up of 50 bones including its spine and rib cage.

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