We still need you by our side
We managed to get through last year, and we are still holding on! You were there with us on this difficult course due to the pandemic, and we always want you by our side!
Your help to save the injured turtles at the ARCHELON Sea Turtle Rescue Center in Glyfada is crucial for us to continue our work and overcome the unprecedented challenges caused by the pandemic restrictions.
The need for medicine, equipment, and consumables for the treatment of the injured turtles arriving from all parts of Greece has not ceased to exist, nor have our efforts to care for them. In 2020, 52 turtles were cared for by our specialized Rescue Center staff and ARCHELON volunteers, who were significantly fewer in number due to pandemic-related travel restrictions. Twenty-one turtles were successfully treated and were able to return to their natural environment, 20 are still under treatment, while 11 turtles unfortunately did not survive.
Already in the first three months of 2021, another five turtles have arrived at the Center; some have old or new wounds, and others have ingested hooks and/or plastic.
Since the establishment of the ARCHELON Rescue Center in 1994, more than 1162 sea turtles have been treated there, with 56% of them having recovered and successfully been reintegrated into the sea.
We are very proud of what we have achieved, but since visitors and schools cannot yet come to the Rescue Center because of the pandemic restrictions, our anxiety and financial difficulties are mounting. Each of your donations, especially at this critical time, will have an even greater impact on our joint effort to help these animals.
The physical isolation imposed on us by the restrictive pandemic measures cannot isolate us from the effort to protect Nature and wildlife.
The arrival of spring, with warmer sea temperatures, will allow us soon to begin releasing the turtles who have been successfully treated. Your donation can give them back their freedom, with the hope that our own return to normality from the pandemic conditions will come soon.