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Mexican Turtle Center

Puerto Escondido

In Puerto Escondido, Mazunte's spotless beaches welcome massive throngs of sea turtles each year. In the interest of their protection and study, the Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga (Mexican Turtle Center) is in charge of operating three of the most important sea turtle protection camps on the Oaxacan coast: La Escobilla, Barra de la Cruz, and Morro Ayuta.

This research center offers travelers the opportunity to assist in safeguarding the olive ridley and leatherback turtles (two of only eight species of sea turtles) during their spawning season, which occurs between June and November. During six months of the year, you are welcome to join the beach patrols that collect eggs and release baby turtles. Though they don't usually have a set fee, these activities welcome donations.

The Mexican Turtle Center in Mazunte features a volunteer program that lasts a minimum of one month. To participate in this program, it is necessary to apply via email and to stipulate the dates on which you plan to travel to Mazunte. This helps the center find you an available space in one of its three camps.

Volunteers share accommodations with scientists and students, though it should be noted that these are rustic facilities. Meals are included, as long as you are willing to both cook alongside the rest of the team and consume basic food. Special ingredients must be purchased at your own expense, as well as travel to other attractions in Puerto Escondido.

As a volunteer, there is no fixed work schedule, since emergencies -such as hatchlings in need of immediate release into the sea- are common. For more information, feel free to contact them by phone, at (555) 449-7000.

In Puerto Escondido, Mazunte's spotless beaches welcome massive throngs of sea turtles each year. In the interest of their protection and study, the Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga (Mexican Turtle Center) is in charge of operating three of the most important sea turtle protection camps on the Oaxacan coast: La Escobilla, Barra de la Cruz, and Morro Ayuta.

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This research center offers travelers the opportunity to assist in safeguarding the olive ridley and leatherback turtles (two of only eight species of sea turtles) during their spawning season, which occurs between June and November. During six months of the year, you are welcome to join the beach patrols that collect eggs and release baby turtles. Though they don't usually have a set fee, these activities welcome donations.

The Mexican Turtle Center in Mazunte features a volunteer program that lasts a minimum of one month. To participate in this program, it is necessary to apply via email and to stipulate the dates on which you plan to travel to Mazunte. This helps the center find you an available space in one of its three camps.

Volunteers share accommodations with scientists and students, though it should be noted that these are rustic facilities. Meals are included, as long as you are willing to both cook alongside the rest of the team and consume basic food. Special ingredients must be purchased at your own expense, as well as travel to other attractions in Puerto Escondido.

As a volunteer, there is no fixed work schedule, since emergencies -such as hatchlings in need of immediate release into the sea- are common. For more information, feel free to contact them by phone, at (555) 449-7000.

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