“Largest endangered leatherback nesting site”

Gabon with only 372 mile (600 kilometer) shoreline hosts the largest nesting population of leatherback sea turtles in the world. Because of the dedication to saving endangered species and wealth of this country they are able to protect their coastline for nesting of the endangered leatherbacks and also protect the virgin rainforest.

Young leatherback

Young leatherback

Gabon is a little smaller than the size of the state of Colorado, USA and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the West. It lies on the Equator between the Republic of the Congo and Equatorial Guinea,

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists leatherback turtles as critically endangered globally, but had not completed the population census for the Atlantic, especially Africa.

Land and aerial surveys indicate a population of between 15,730 to 41,373 female turtles are nesting on the beaches in Gabon.

Watch the video filmed by research in Gabon from aerial and ground surveys.

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Resources

Excerpts courtesy of LiveScience.com and Yahoo news Largest Population of Leatherback Sea Turtles Found May 18, 2oo9.
Video courtesy of LiveScience.com


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