Adopt a Hatchling

Change the odds for sea turtles


With less than a 1% chance of survival, leatherback hatchlings need your help! Your symbolic adoption protects hatchlings and their nests from immediate threats such as predation, tidal inundation, and illegal harvest. By involving local communities in these protection efforts, you help ensure a bright future for endangered sea turtles. Protect as many hatchlings as you’d like, at $30 per hatchling. 


Donating in honor of a loved one? Be sure to include your honoree's name, email address, and a special message on our donation form. Adoptions made as a gift will be emailed to the purchaser. 

$20 - Protect one mile of beach

Go the extra mile! Did you know that protecting just one mile of beach provides habitat for over 100 nesting turtles? That's a lot of hatchlings! Your donation ensures that the beach stays clear of dangerous debris like fishing nets and trash.

$30 - Adopt one hatchling

Hatchlings face a daunting 1% survival rate, making every hatchling important to this species' survival. This is a great gift for friends or family, let them know that each hatchling needs all the help they can get! 

  • Personalized adoption certificate

  • Turtle Advocate's Atlas

$60 - Adopt a pair of hatchlings 

Two is always better than one! For you, and for hatchlings. Did you know that together, hatchlings use the natural light of the ocean to navigate straight to the sea when they hatch? As human development increases, lights from street lamps, houses, and cars can lead them in the wrong direction. Your gift makes sure hatchlings have a protected space to hatch, free from light pollution.

  • Personalized adoption certificate

  • Turtle Advocate's Atlas

  • Hatchling desktop photo

$150 - Adopt five hatchlings

A group of hatchlings that sticks together is safer together, so why not adopt a bunch? Your gift helps Pacuare Reserve staff guarantee the group stays together. And if there are any stragglers, we make sure they get the extra care they need to make it to the ocean safely. 

  • Personalized adoption certificate,

  • Turtle Advocate's Atlas

  • Hatchling desktop photo

  • Turtle photo collection

  • Optional cloth bag or turtle necklace

$300 - Adopt an entire nest

Did you know that a nest of leatherbacks always hatches together? The collective digging of the nest upon hatching helps all the hatchlings make it to the surface of the beach and then onward to the sea. Just as the hatchlings stick together, we know that it'll take all of our help to support this amazing species. 

  • Personalized adoption certificate

  • Turtle Advocate's Atlas

  • Hatchling desktop photo

  • Turtle photo collection

  • Optional cloth bag

  • Optional turtle necklace & earrings


$40 - Adopt for a classroom 

Why can't teacher appreciation day be every day? Give the gift of our Adopt a Hatchling classroom kit to a teacher and bring the amazing story of leatherback sea turtles straight to the classroom. Stories about wildlife like leatherbacks promote critical thinking, empathy, and positive behavior in youth. Show your support for the students and teachers in your life by providing them fun and engaging activities for weeks to come while supporting conservation in the classroom.

  • Personalized adoption certificate

  • Turtle Advocate’s Atlas

  • Classroom Kit crafts and study questions


Sea Turtles

The endangered leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) is the largest of all sea turtles. Researchers, volunteers, and students at Costa Rica's Pacuare Reserve conduct night-time censuses of nesting turtles throughout the nesting season. They collect key biometric data like length and width and check for tags and other identifying marks.


If nests are found in unsuitable locales, they're relocated to the Reserve's hatchery to ensure the safety and success of the hatchlings.


Pacuare Reserve's 


Home to the most important leatherback nesting beach in Costa Rica, Pacuare Reserve is a scientifically managed wildlife reserve on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast.


Although Pacuare Reserve’s initial efforts successfully safeguarded nests, eggs, and mothers, and the beach continues to be visited by nesting females each year, reports show that recent hatching rates of in situ—literally “in place”—nests have been poor.


Only 23% of eggs from natural nests are actually hatching. In response, Pacuare Reserve has developed a method to prepare sand, relocate, and safely sequester threatened sea turtle nests—the hatcheries of Pacuare Reserve.

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