Sea Turtle Research and Conservation, El Salvador

Of the seven species of sea turtle in our oceans, six are classified as endangered on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species. Until now, there has been very little information available as to how human activity, such as hunting for eggs and meat and tourist development of the beaches where they nest, are impacting populations. The Salvadoran non-profit organization, the Zoological Foundation of El Salvador (FUNZEL), has devised an innovative way of both monitoring and rescuing the sea turtles and their nests.