More than 1 million baby Lora sea turtles were released in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas this week. The turtles were nesting in 10,000 places throughout the beaches of Soto La Marina, Aldama, Altamira and Madero.
Undersecretary for the Environment Heberto Cavazos Lliteras said that more than 5 million Lora turtles have been released during the last four years, during which time more than 10,000 nests have been protected from poachers and illegal turtle egg traffickers.
He stated that such events are important for the recovery of this endangered species, which is threatened by extinction. They also help to increase people’s awareness.
“These numbers are very important, especially if we take into account the fact that during the most desperate time for the turtle, in the 1970s, there were barely 200 nests in the whole Tamaulipas coast,” said Cavazos.
He added that the lora turtle program, which stretches across 220 kilometers of the Tamaulipas coast, proves to the entire nation the importance of protection, awareness and conservation of the species.
For Cavazos, the policy of sustainability has paved the way for the development of permanent conservation programs for all species, whether they in danger of extinction or not.
“Of all the northern states, Tamaulipas has the greatest biodiversity,” said the statesman.
Cavazos added that members of the youth voluntary service of Tamaulipas took part in the release of the baby turtles as part of the activities to protect the environment.
Other environmental programs in Tamaulipas work for jaguar protection in the Sierra Madre Oriental, Sierra Tamaulipas and Maratines, as well as monitoring the Mexican crocodile population in the Vicente Guerrero dam and the southern lakes.
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