How to help
We can all help the Caretta caretta!
Of course, don't expect to carry it home! It's a symbolic adoption which aims to support the protection programs of these endangered animals that lay their nests every year on our beaches.
You however, will be given a little cute plush turtle, a poster, sticker, information leaflet, along with the special adoption certificate. You will also be receiving by email our four month newsletter "Turtle Tracks".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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”).
- 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!