Turtle Guardians prepare to provide safe incubation for tens of thousands of hatchlings, with guest participation encouraged
CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO – June 12, 2017 – 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.
“I am very proud of the enthusiastic participation of our Ladies and Gentlemen and guests in working to provide safe nesting and release experiences for the sea turtles that visit our beach,” said David Cayuela, General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun. “During 2016, we relocated more than 420 turtle nests and 50,000 eggs, and released nearly 43,000 hatchlings from three different turtle species, including Green Sea, Loggerhead, and Hawksbill turtles. Today I am delighted to announce that with the arrival of the first turtle to the resort, what we refer to as ‘Turtle Season 2017’ officially started a couple of weeks ago.”
The luxury resort has engaged in turtle conservation for more than a decade, thanks to appointed “Turtle Guardians,” ladies and gentlemen 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.
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 environmental responsibility, along with child well-being and hunger and poverty relief.