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The Leatherback Trust

www.leatherback.org

The Leatherback Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the leatherback sea turtle. Our mission is to promote the conservation of leatherbacks and other turtles at risk of extinction.

Eastern Pacific leatherback turtles are critically endangered. This population of sea turtles has declined by more than 98% since 1990. We are working to reverse this trend by tackling the 5 most deadly threats to leatherbacks and other sea turtles around the world. Our scientists conduct research at nesting beaches and at sea, collecting critical data to support conservation interventions. We partner with communities to protect nesting beaches and work with governments to inform sustainable development and fisheries management priorities.

One More Threat for the East Pacific Leatherback

By Lauren Hackney Upon arrival for my second field season with The Leatherback Trust in Costa Rica, I was eager to return to Playa Grande for its unique biodiversity. Playa Grande’s pristine white sand beach hosts nesting leatherbacks, the same species who swam our oceans 110 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Now…

Drone Captures Leatherback Sea Turtle Returning to Ocean, Swimming Away

By Jenell Black and Christian Díaz Chuquisengo This year, as Field Manager at The Leatherback Trust, I was lucky enough to witness an extraordinary event in Las Baulas National Park (Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas) on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Leatherbacks typically nest under the cover of darkness, but once in a rare while our…

Conservation Requires Collaboration

By George Shillinger, PhD One of the most exciting moments for me in 2016 was President Obama’s decision to expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. With 582,578 square miles off the coast of Hawaii designated for permanent protection, the U.S. created the world’s largest protected area, hosting more than 7,000 marine species, many of which…

Leatherback Turtles: Giving Thanks Where It Is Due

By Nathan Robinson, PhD Our planet is in the midst of its 6th mass extinction event. The first five events were caused by natural disasters, such as intense volcanic activity or asteroid collisions. This modern extinction event is unique because it is the only mass extinction event directly caused by human activities. Not only does…

Pacific Leatherback Conservation Day: Their Future is in Our Hands

By George Shillinger, PhD

Leatherbacks and other sea turtles are ancient creatures. When dinosaurs roamed the earth 110 million years ago, sea turtles were present, in abundance. But today, numbers have dropped to 0.1 percent of their historic highs.

Pacific Leatherback Conservation Day, established by the State of California in 2013, is a day to raise awareness about the conservation of the Pacific leatherback sea turtle. Join us in celebrating these amazing animals!

Sea Turtles Can Save Themselves If We Clean Up Our Act

Sea turtles have been swimming in our oceans ever since the time of the dinosaurs, enduring meteor collisions, ice ages, and the shifting of the continents. Yet human activity has recently brought many sea turtle populations to the brink of extinction. Even the largest of the sea turtles – the leatherback turtle, a prehistoric giant that can grow to over 2 meters in length – is rapidly vanishing from the East Pacific Ocean. This population has now declined by more than 98% in the past 25 years. In the hope of seeing populations recover, countless conservationists and volunteers work tirelessly day and night. But lest we forget, these people do not work alone, sea turtles themselves are also working hard in this struggle.