Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Conservation Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Conservation Tambor, Costa Rica Tambor Bay Turtles
Volunteer to protect Olive Ridley sea turtles in Bahia Tambor, a beautiful 6 km beach in the south of Nicoya Peninsula.

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Project Details

Sea turtle conservation project in Costa Rica whose mission is to reduce threats to the sea turtles.

Tambor Bay Turtles (TBT) was founded in 2015 as an initiative of a group of people who live here and want to protect the remaining Olive Ridley sea turtle that lay their eggs on the beaches around Tambor Bay.

In 2016, TBT carried out a pilot study of the local sea turtle population. It was learned that there are many threats to the survival of the population, and that their numbers are rapidly declining. It was clear that something had to be done, and soon! So, TBT launched a project to save the Tambor Bay turtles.

TBT’s mission is to reduce threats to the sea turtles still coming to the beaches of Tambor Bay, so, we will produce enough hatchlings to actually grow the population, so that in 20-25 years, there will once again be enough adult Olive Ridley sea turtles to sustain the local population naturally. 

TBT operates under the direction of a qualified biologist, and our project coordinator is a local science teacher. It operates under a Scientific License and Hatchery Permit issued annually by the government of Costa Rica. TBT enjoys having a very strong support base in the local community. TBT has a very high-quality hatchery facility, one of the finest in Costa Rica.

The main focus of the project is on
NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organization
Foundation Year
Contact Person
Olger Garcia Cruz
Olger Garcia Cruz
Spoken Languages

Social Impact

Tambor Bay Turtles is involved in the community, supporting several related environmentally initiative (such as an annual Tambor Nature Festival, trail development, beach clean-ups, recycling initiatives, etc.). TBT is dedicated to fostering environmental education and to assisting with the development of sustainable ecotourism opportunities.

Our goal is create awareness and work in the community so, they will follow with the project during the years. 

TBT has two objectives – protect the remaining sea turtles and grow the population.
A sea turtle egg hatchery is a cornerstone of our multi-faceted strategy to accomplish these objectives. By taking the eggs from the nests on the beaches and hatching them in a hatchery, TBT is able to increase the initial survival rate of the eggs dramatically, from less than 10 percent to over 80 percent.
Pursued Sustainable Development Goals

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