Turtles are often considered flagship species for marine conservation. Wildlife Vets International is currently supporting vets and rehabilitation staff with training and advice at two Mediterranean flagship turtle rescue projects: the CRAM Foundation in Barcelona and the Archelon Rescue Centre in Athens. The Mediterranean is now recognised as a global hotspot for plastic pollution with of thousands of tonnes of plastic being dumped into the sea.
Can You Help Save Turtles From Deadly Ocean Plastics?
Shockingly, all the turtles that are admitted to the CRAM Foundation and the Archleon Rescue Centre have plastic in their guts. Some come in because their guts are blocked and they can’t process food. Others are entangled in marine plastics such as fishing nets and some come in with severe injuries caused, sometimes deliberately, by people.
The teams at these two marine rescue centres are passionate about helping injured turtles - but they are not specialists in turtle husbandry and medicine. We need to raise at least £15,000 to ensure we can help train staff and give them the vital veterinary skills needed to save more turtles.
One Donation, Twice The Impact
Last year, your generous donation helped Wildlife International Vets provide specialist veterinary expertise to vaccinate 1,500 domestic dogs in Africa against rabies and canine distemper. Thank you so much. The impact report can be read here.
This year our focus turns to the dangers turtles face from the rising levels of plastic in the ocean. Between 3-10 December every donation we receive via our Big Give donation page will be doubled. We have already secured £7,500 in pledged support waiting for matched donations.
A gift from you would be turtley awesome (desperate times call for desperate puns - I can only apologise).
If you want to know more about this incredible project and the wider impact of plastic in our Oceans please look at this document below: