Thursday, December 20, 2012

Raffle to support Turtle Foundation - over $20,000 USD in prizes!

Try your luck and win one of our fantastic prizes!

The popular Turtle Foundation raffle has been launched again! The entire revenue from this raffle (CHF 20'000, which is more than $20,000 USD) if all tickets are sold!) will be used for our two conservation and protection projects in Indonesia and in the Cape Verde Islands.
  • Total value of all the prizes is more than $20,000USD!
  • 200 lottery tickets and 15 prizes; i.e. VERY HIGH CHANCES to win a prize
  • Price per ticktet USD 110 / EUR 85 / CHF 100
  • Drawing will be February 3, 2013 at 4pm, FESPO Zurich; winners need not be present to win.
These attractive prizes can be won:
1. PRIZE: Pindito diving safari to Komodo, Indonesia, CHF 4’525.00 ($4955 USD)
11 nights diving safari "Komodo" for 1 person on the MV Pindito (basis half a double cabin) incl. harbour tax. Excl. flights. Valid until end of 2014. 

2.    PRIZE - Raja 4 Divers, Indonesia – CHF 3'051.00 ($3340 USD)
 7 nights for 1 person in a bungalow (basis double room), incl. full board, unlimited diving, kayaking and transfers from/to Sorong (arrival Saturday/departure Friday). Excl. flight & national park fee. Valid until end of 2014.
3.    PRIZE - Theia diving safari, Maldives - CHF 1'943.00 ($2127 USD)
7 nights for 1 person in the „Superior Cabin“ (basis half a double cabin) incl. full board, 17 dives and airport transfers. Excl. flights, fuel surcharge of USD 100, bed-tax of USD 56 and GST-Tax of currently 8%. Valid until end of 2014.
4.    PRIZE - Mares Icon HD net ready with transponder - EUR 1'149.00 ($1519 USD)
1 diving computer ICON HD net ready with transponder.
5.    PRIZE - Manta Ray Bay Resort, Yap, Mikronesia – CHF 1’260.00 ($1379 USD)
7 nights for 1 person in a "Standard Room" (basis double room), incl. breakfast, 5-days-dive-package and airport transfers. Excl. flights. Valid until end of 2014.
6.    PRIZE - Alam Batu Resort, Bali, Indonesia – CHF 1'137.00 ($1245 USD)
14 nights for 1 person in a "Fan Bungalow" (basis double room), incl. breakfast, 10 dives and SPA package and airport transfers. Excl. flights. Valid until end of 2014.
7.    PRIZE - Minahasa Lagoon, Manado, Indonesia – CHF 1’107.00 ($1212 USD)
7 nights for 1 person in a "Garden View Room" (basis double room), incl. full board, 10 dives and airport transfers. Excl. Bunaken Marine Park fee, flights. Valid until end of 2014.
8.    PRIZE - Statia Lodge, St. Eustatius , Caribbean – CHF 1’033.00 ($1130 USD)
7 nights for 1 person in a "Hibiscus Cottage" (basis double room), incl. airport transfers, 10 dives with Scubaqua. Excl. flights, Marine Protected Area fee and diving equipment. Valid until end of 2014.
9.    PRIZE - Yucatek Divers, Playa del Carmen, Mexico – CHF 756.00 ($827 USD)
5 nights for 2 persons at the Hotel Paraiso Azul (basis double room) incl. 3 diving days (6 dives) at sea per person. Excl. transfers, breakfast & flights. Valid until end of 2014 (excl. 21.12.13-07.01.14 and 19.12.14-31.12.14).
10.    PRIZE - Mares Matrix black – EUR 479.00 ($633 USD)
1 diving computer MATRIX black.
11.  PRIZE - Mares INSTINCT 12 S + OCT. INSTINCT – EUR 429.00 ($567 USD)
1 diving set first and second stage with octopus INSTINCT 12S + OCT. INSTINCT.
12.  PRIZE - Sea Explorers PhilippinesCHF 366.00 ($400 USD)
1 diving package for 1 person incl. 12 dives incl. tank, weights and boat. Excl. accomodation & flights. Valid for all diving bases of Sea Explorers until end of 2014.
13.  PRIZE - Mares Mission Chrono – EUR 299.00 ($395 USD)
1 divers watch MISSION CHRONO.
14.  PRIZE - Ducks Diving El Quseir, Egypt – CHF 275.00 ($301 USD)
1 diving package for 1 person incl. 5 diving days (10 dives) incl. boat, tank and weights. Excl. accomodation & flights. Valid for the dive base at the Mangrove Bay Resort until end of 2014.
15.  PRIZE - DiverDesign Taffline Schildkröte – CHF 203.00 ($222 USD)
1 Taffline titanium pendant sea turtle with silicone necklace.

15 prizes with a total value of more than USD $20,000.00 - Try your luck! 
Please support this promotion and use your chance to win one of these fantastic prizes! 

The prizes were generously donated by:





Sunday, December 9, 2012

New Turtle Species??

New species of turtles have been born in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.  
We need some help identifying them…

As they are endangered by hungry people, temperatures below zero and snow we will do our best to protect them.

 - Dedicated Turtle Foundation members and master chefs Frank, Gigi, Martin and Margaret will be at the Christmas Market in Vaduz, Liechtenstein this Saturday and Sunday to raise awareness for this new and very delicious turtle species - yes, you can eat THESE turtles.  If you are anywhere near Liechtenstein this weekend, check it out!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Update from Boavista

If you are wondering what we are doing on Boavista after the turtles have's a little update:

Ranger training
For the second year we are offering a theoretical professional training program for our local assistants during the off-season. Rangers that worked with Turtle Foundation during the season receive classes in five modules to round-off their practical experience they gained in summer. The classes are free of charge and open to the public - five of our rangers - our "top men" - receive a stipend for joining and completing the program. They are swotting for Biology, English, Capeverdian History, IT and Social Development. For six weeks  it's like being back in school!  The program will end in mid December and we are hoping for many happy graduates, well prepared for the turtle season 2013 and their further careers.

Biology class
Food donation to Primary school an Kindergarden in Norte
After the camp were dismantled in October, we still had some left over food-supply. Rice, beans, jelly, juice...all kind of delicious camp food, ideal for big groups of hungry mouths :)
So we decided to give it to the school and kindergarden in Fundo das Figueras to support the lunch special for the kids. We had some good fun at our visit and the teachers and kids were happy about our little gift.

TAOLA Tourism work group
As the last post shows, there is finally some first steps taken into the direction of a more regulated form of nature and turtle tourism on Boavista. Turtle Foundation is happy to be part of the team that will elaborate a proposal to submit to the Cape Verde government. We are currently working on some first suggestions, hoping to be able to have a model ready for the coming turtle season.