How to help
Make an adoption!
If you wish to help the endangered Caretta caretta sea turtles survive, you can make an adoption. Of course, don’t expect to bring a sea turtle home! It is a symbolic gesture which aims to support ARCHELON’s protection programs for the sea turtles that chose to lay their eggs on our beaches.
With each adoption, you will receive a special package by post which includes:
The adorable plush turtle, poster, sticker, information leaflet along with an adoption certificate with the name you chose to give your turtle.
You will also receive the ARCHELON newsletter every 4 months by email.
Adopt a hatchling (30€ - mostly for children)
We will inform you about when your hatchling left its nest and reached the sea and how many siblings it had.
Adopt a mother loggerhead (50€)
ARCHELON monitors the activity of adult female turtles as they come ashore to nest. If you sponsor a mother loggerhead you will receive information about her on the day she was observed nesting.
Adopt a nest (80€)
A Caretta caretta nest may contain up to 130 eggs that incubate in the sand for about two months. Monitoring and protection of nests is vital to ensure safe hatching, especially in human frequented areas. If you sponsor a nest you will receive the hatching success of the nest.
Adopt an injured turtle (150€)
(This amount covers monthly treatment and feeding costs)
Fishing nets, speedboats and fishing hooks are some of the causes that often injure sea turtles. Many arrive at the ARCHELON Rescue Centre with severe head injuries. After treatment at the Center, which operates in cooperation with the Municipality of Glyfada, the turtles are released back to sea. If you sponsor an injured turtle for a month or more, you will receive information about the turtle and will be invited to its release.
You may also visit the ARCHELON Rescue Center and see the turtles under treatment, every weekend between 11am – 5pm (free entrance) at the 3rd Marina of Glyfada (TRAM stop: “Paleo Dimarchio”).
Adopt an Amvrakikos loggerhead (50€)
An on-going research programme, which began in 2004, evolved from the telemetry project. Researchers now carture sea turtles by hand in the shallow waters of the Amvrakikos Bay. The turtles are measured, photographed and tagged and samples are taken for genetic analysis. Adopting one of these study turtles will directly support the operation of the Amvrakikos project.
Participate in ARCHELON’s Caretta caretta Adoption Program here!