CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO – DEC. 15, 2016– In 2016, The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun once again honored its commitment to sea turtle conservation efforts, and as a result, has humbly accepted recognition from the government of Quintana Roo for its successful efforts. The luxury resort has engaged in turtle conservation for more than a decade and has now been commended by the government for two consecutive years, helping to further awareness of the protection and natural life cycle of several sea turtle species.
Each year from mid-spring through mid-autumn, a portion of the beach at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun is transformed into a nature sanctuary where the collected eggs of nesting sea turtles are provided a safe and protected environment to incubate. The resort’s appointed “Turtle Guardians” are ladies and gentleman of the hotel who volunteer and have been certified by the local government. The volunteers are trained to collect and transfer the eggs safely to the artificial nests and carefully protect and monitor the nests in pre-identified “Turtle Camps,” until they hatch and begin their journey into the sea. Guests of all ages who are vacationing at the resort are encouraged to participate in this distinct program, both by witnessing the nesting of the eggs, and helping to release the baby turtles.
“With the enthusiastic participation of our Ladies and Gentlemen and guests alike, we are extremely proud to share that during six months in 2016, we have relocated more than 420 turtle nests and 50,000 eggs, as well as releasing nearly 43,000 hatchlings from three different turtle species, including Green Sea Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle, and Hawksbill Turtle,” said Tim Kirsten, who not only directs the resort’s Turtle Guardian program as a volunteer, but also works as the hotel’s Director of Security. “We look forward to our continued partnership with Cancun’s conservation program and assisting in the care of the area’s beloved sea creatures, for many more nesting cycles to come.”
The unique turtle initiative is part of the resort’s larger social and environmental responsibility program, Community Footprints, and business operations of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. The ongoing commitment of the program focuses on the areas of environmental responsibility, along with child well-being and hunger and poverty relief.