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Help me to save a part of our natural world!
$925 raised
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6 Years running
My name is Ella Morran and I am a 19 year old student at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to protect the amphibians and reptiles of our planet. These often maligned creatures are overlooked in conservation efforts and often sought out for destruction. Yet, without these wonderful creatures, which play a vital part in the balance of our eco-systems, our fragile world will decay into a wasteland.
I wish I could get everyone to see that all the creatures in our world are precious and that the closer each species gets towards extinction, the poorer we will all be. I want to be the champion of reptiles and amphibians and want to involve myself wherever possible in the protection of these species. For this reason, I have volunteered on the Frontier Volunteer Program, which is doing exceptional work to save sea turtles.
Four different species of sea turtles can be found on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the Olive Ridley, Green, Hawksbill and Leatherback. The aim of this project is to help protect and preserve some of the few natural nesting sites of these turtles that do not hold an official category of protection from the Costa Rican government.
Sea turtles are especially vulnerable as they make their way up beaches to lay their eggs in the dry sand. When the small turtles hatch, they have to make their way back into the sea and it is a dangerous and difficult journey. They are picked off by predators, the worst of these being humans who take as many as they can. Humans also unintentionally destroy their nesting grounds making it even more difficult for the young to survive.
I am presently studying zoology at Rhodes University and aim to become a herpetologist. The Frontier Volunteer Programme is working in Costa Rica and I plan to join them at the beginning of 2014 before I start my second year of studies at Rhodes University. Please help me to contribute to this programme and to help conserve these wonderful creatures. I would like to do my bit to help to ensure that our precious natural resources are still around for future generations. With your help I will be able to fulfill one of my dreams and make a difference.
We are greatly blessed by the stunning natural world all around us and all of us should do everything we can to ensure that we protect our natural environment, so that future generations may enjoy the vast beauty and diversity within which we live.
I plan to dedicate my life to the conservation of our natural world and I hope that this opportunity to volunteer on a conservation program will help to contribute positively to both my chosen career path as well as the protection of these magnificent creatures.
In order for me to get to Costa Rica, I need to raise R12000. If you would like to make a contribution to conservation by enabling me to work on this programme, I will be forever thankful.
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