Based on the encouraging support for the WWF Adopt a Turtle Nest program last year, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has launched a similar program for 2002, targeting 85 turtle nests for sponsorship during the coming nesting season (April-September 2002).
Operated in conjunction with the Kurma Asih Turtle Conservation Initiative, the WWF Indonesia Wallacea Program is offering individuals and businesses the opportunity to sponsor turtle nests for Rp. 500,000 (+/-US$50) each. Each nest contains between 50 and 100 turtle eggs. Sponsors are issued certificates of adoption and a membership certificate in the Friends of Sea Turtles - valid for the current nesting season. Every nest bears the name of its sponsor and notification letters are sent to sponsors a few day prior to the anticipated hatching date allowing those in Bali to be on hand for the birth of their turtle offspring. Moreover, a full list of sponsors will be published on the WWF website.
In 2001 the Adopt a Turtle Nest Program attracted the support of 32 sponsors who adopted 74 nests. Of the 5,357 eggs in those nests, a successful hatch rate of 87.47% was achieved resulting in 4,694 turtles being released back into the sea.
Bali Discovery Tours and balidiscovery.com hope you'll join us in supporting the adopt a turtle nest campaign.
Contact Ms. Putu Lisa Kusuma Mustika, Turtle Communication Office, at the WWF Indonesia Wallacea Program at telephone ++62 361 247125; facsimile ++62 361 236866 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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