Reserva Playa Tortuga
Reserva Playa Tortuga is a non-profit biological research and education center formed in 2009 by community members (“citizen scientists”) and Costa Rican scientists. RPT aims to contribute to the fields of biological research and science-based conservation management as well as fomenting a culture of environmental conservation in the areas influenced by the National Wetlands of the Terraba-Sierpe basin.
The main focuses of RPT over the past eight years has been to gain an understanding of the current state of key coastal environmental resources and to identify stakeholders in the coastal zone who are influenced by the Térraba-Sierpe wetlands.
Baby Turtles Released
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What Drives Us
RPT is committed to developing and implementing community-based real world projects and conservation management solutions, using the best research science and conservation management practices.
Our Main Objectives
To develop positive communication
To establish strategic alliances
To educate and enable local population
To identify populations
To maintain and rehabilitate the land
To provide opportunities to the scientists and researchers
In regards to sea turtles, Oscar has written articles about nesting behavior and incubation temperature, and has participated in the International Symposiums of the International Sea Turtles Society on topics such as: incubation temperature in hatcheries (New Orleans 2014), nesting behavior of olive ridley (Dalaman,Turkey 2015) and foraging areas for hawksbill (Lima, Perú 2016).
Other research performed by Brenes include: Water quality studies; Mammal camera trap monitoring; River otter studies; Birds inventories; and since 2015 is currently conducting the investigation about Caiman and Crocodiles–capturing and tagging individuals to do a population estimation study and habitat preference of the different species.
Melissa Jiménez Kardentey
At Reserva Playa Tortuga, she has created and implemented the “Green Era” educational program in surrounding schools. In 2013, she began to promote the delivery of the program, “Teach the teacher”, convinced of the importance of educating the teachers as a tool to multiply the knowledge to new generations. In addition, she has continued to work in the butterfly garden as this is one of the main tools to sensitize children.
Adrián Bonilla Salazar
Other projects in which he collaborates: Caimans and Crocs Monitoring Program carried out in the Térraba, Balso and Turtle rivers. This project aims to study the habitat and distribution of these predators in the area. Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) Nesting Season from July to January; where he was part of the group of workers in the 2012-2013 season, this project is also included within the Sea Turtle Conservation Program. The Support Environmental Education Projects when his assistance is required. In addition, he also work with volunteers and students who come to the reserve as part of the internship program and volunteerism.
Gabriela coordinates the activities, looks after the day-to-day administrative tasks and helps the volunteers with everything they need during their stay with the project: team – answering their questions, ensuring they know where everything is and have everything they need, and generally offering support wherever it’s needed.