A campaign to save the Hicatee Turtles from going extinct will be under taken by conservation groups across Belize. Lee Mcloughlin, Protected Areas Manager for the Ya'axché Conservation Trust told us more.

Lee Mcloughlin; Protected Areas Manager, Ya'axché Conservation Trust

“The Hicatee Turtle is heading towards extinction unless something is done to save it. A recent national survey of Hicatees hunting but it is going on throughout Belize. A national survey was carried out last year involving conservation organizations from across Belize. A lot to community members assisted with the survey and it was carried out by a researcher named Thomas Rainwater. It’s very hard to determine the exact numbers of the Hicatee population but the facts are that there were rivers where they were once abundant where they aren’t found anymore. This trend is seen in rivers in every district.”

Mcloughlin says that the practice of capturing and eating the hicatee is more prevalent in the Belize River Valley and says that a survey was conducted in the area where they once were in abundance but today the hicatee population has depleted dramatically.

Lee Mcloughlin

“The Belize River Valle is one of the most serious areas of Hicatee hunting but it is occurring across Belize. A national survey was carried out in the last year involving conservation organizations from across Belize and a lot of community members assisted with this survey. It’s very hard to determine the exact number of the Hicatee population but the facts are that there were rivers where they were once abundant where they aren’t found anymore. This trend is seen in every district in Belize.”

The campaign is being spearheaded by conservation groups including the University of Belize and the Turtle Survival Alliance.

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