Established in February 2004, the center is run by our partner, the non-profit Te Mana o Te Moana, with the additional support of the Ministry of the Environment, as part of efforts to protect the sea turtles of French Polynesia. Since establishing our Sea Turtle Care Center, we have worked with four of the five species of sea turtles found in French Polynesia - the green turtle, the hawksbill turtle, the Loggerhead sea turtle and the Olive Ridley turtle. All are endangered species. Sea turtles remain at extreme risk of extinction worldwide – from loss of nesting habitat, hunting for meat and shells, and ocean trash, especially plastics. We are committed to doing our part to help ensure their survival now and into the future.
A daily talk by one of our resident turtle caretakers provides additional information about our Sea Turtle Care Center and the conservation efforts of Te Mana o Te Moana. For more information about Te Mana o Te Moana and its important marine conservation and educational activities, please see www.temanaotemoana.org