Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Update

For three months of the last winter in Dubai, over 90 sick or injured marine turtles were brought into the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP). The majority of these animals were juvenile critically endangered Hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata), which according to the IUCN have seen around an 87% drop in the global number of nesting females in the last three generations, a very startling statistic. The main causes for the decline in population of this species are: the tortoiseshell trade, Asian meat trade, egg collection, destruction of foraging and nesting habitats and oil pollution. Populations are declining rapidly all over the world, therefore, the main goal of the rehabilitation project is to return sick animals to full health, and release them back to their environment. Continue reading