LAST (Latin American Sea Turtles) Association (former WIDECAST-Costa Rica), is member of WIDECAST, an international scientific network with country coordinators resident in more than 40 countries and territories of the Wider Caribbean Region. Our office in Costa Rica is centrally located in Tibás, just outside the bustling capital city of San José. This ideal location enables our staff to maintain contact with community partners and international sponsors alike, in addition to servicing our volunteer programs and pursuing innovative research, conservation, training, and livelihood initiatives in Costa Rica and beyond.
With LAST, our main focus in recent years has been community-based sea turtle conservation on the Caribbean coast – including nesting beach studies at Playa Pacuare (south of Tortuguero National Park), Playa Gandoca (Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge) and Playa Cahuita (Cahuita National Park), as well as In-Water population monitoring in Cahuita National Park. On the Pacific coast we have started to conduct In-Water studies in the Dulce Gulf, on the Osa Peninsula. Currently, we operate beach monitoring projects in Pacuare and In-water studies and Sea turtle rescue at Playa Blanca on the Osa Peninsula.
Sea turtle conservation is hard work, takes its time before you can see results, is a long term effort, is often times frustrating when you fight against poaching every night on nesting beaches or when you see only the carapaces from turtles killed by poachers, knowing that they have taken all possibilities away for new generations of baby [...][+] read more
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Project voting 17.-31.03.14 – your voice for sea turtles in Costa Rica
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