San Bernardo / Corales del Rosario National Park
Along Colombia's Caribbean coast, this national park home to fascinating islands, coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds. Wildlife protected by the park includes several species of sea turtles (hawksbills, greens, and loggerheads), in addition to 170 species of fish, 50+ species of coral, dolphins, 60 species of birds, and hundreds of species of molluscs and crustaceans. Originally created in 1977, the park was increased in 1988 and now covers 460 square miles (1,200 square kilometers). The park protects the country's most extensive and diverse coral reefs as well as two archipelagos, coastal lagoons, water channels, and mangroves.
Fundacion Tortugas del Mar works with the national park and local residents and businesses to study and protect the sea turtles that live here. They work closely with Punta Faro Resort to collect data and tag turtles that the hotel rescues through an innovative program where they exchange chicken to fishermen who catch turtles instead of eating them. They also conduct in-water studies to determine the health and population size of the different species of sea turtles found in this area and work with local organizations to educate kids of the area about the importance of protecting sea turtles and the park's ecosystems.