Auguadilla, Puerto Rico — The Villa Montaña Beach Resort, announced the resort has unveiled an environmental education and amenity Program developed in conjunction with the nonprofit Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC). The resort will “adopt a sea turtle,” for each family checking into the resort with children ages 16 and under. In return, Villa Montaña Beach Resort is making a significant financial contribution to support CCC and its ongoing efforts to study and save sea turtles across the Caribbean.
The “Adopt a Turtle” package includes a color certificate with picture of the turtle, conservation guide, colorful decal, logo magnet and a one-year complimentary subscription to CCC’s quarterly newsletter. The “adopted” turtles are among a select group that have already been named and satellite tagged with transmitters for scientific research purposes. Families then have the unique opportunity to continue an Internet-based Program at home or at school, where children can track the migratory patterns of their turtle online via maps on CCC’s website: www.conserveturtles.org.
Villa Montaña Beach Resort is excited to work in with CCC’s renowned Caribbean Conservation Corporation to build awareness of the endangered species of sea turtles that grace the waters of Puerto Rico. This ecotourism Program gives our guests a glimpse into the mysterious life cycles of sea turtles, which represent a special part of the natural world. The Program is based upon the successful model developed with the Four Seasons Resort Nevis in 2005.
According to David Godfrey, Executive Director of the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, sea turtles are struggling for survival with only a 1 in 1,000 chance of baby hatchlings reaching reproductive maturity. “We hope guests of all ages will enjoy learning about these endangered species and what measures we can all take to prevent their extinction,” said Godfrey.
As one of the world’s most respected sea turtle research foundations, the Caribbean Conservation Corporation is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Gainesville, Florida with offices and research stations throughout the Caribbean. The organization, founded in 1959, is dedicated to the conservation of sea turtles within the wider Caribbean and Atlantic through research, training, advocacy, education and protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend.
Villa Montaña Beach Resort, a four star luxury villa resort, sits on 35 acres of lush dense tropical greenery that fronts onto 3 miles of isolated, deserted beach in the Porta Del Sol area of northwest Puerto Rico. The Villa Montaña Beach Resort history includes a pedigree of heritage stretching back into the sophisticated culture of the Taino natives, the galleons of the Spanish carrying the gold away from our island just as they did in Central and South AmeRico and then, the mixed native and Spanish cultures that built our rich plantations. That is the Puerto Rico heritage reflected in our small, tropical corner of the island.For further information, please visit http://www.villamontana.com.
The Sea Turtle Conservancy, formerly known as the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization based in Florida with offices and projects in several other locations. The Sea Turtle Conservancy is the oldest and most accomplished sea turtle organization in the world. Since its founding in 1959, the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s work has greatly improved the survival outlook for several species of sea turtles. The Sea Turtle Conservancy has as its mission the protection of sea turtles and the habitats upon which they depend. To achieve its mission, the Sea Turtle Conservancy uses research, habitat protection, public education, community outreach, networking and advocacy as its basic tools. These tools are applied in both international and domestic programs focusing on geographic areas that are globally important to sea turtle survival. For more information, visit the STC website atwww.conserveturtles.org or call (800) 678-7853.