Thursday, 13 August 2015

GIF at the Sea Turtle Festival 2015

Children playing the Wheel of Fortune
On Saturday 8th August the Green Islands Foundation (GIF) teamed up with our partners North Island and Denis Island to participate in the third Seychelles Sea Turtle Festival. Throughout the day we hosted exciting educational games showcasing our love for sea turtles and promoting sea turtle conservation in Seychelles.

Laying turtle eggs
The festival was hosted on Beau Vallon beach,  and many environmental organizations and interested individuals participated, all of whom share a passion for marine turtles. The aim of the festival is to raise awareness of the conservation and need for protection of these endangered turtles among the general public. The festival is an excellent platform bringing together organisations working in sea turtle research and conservation, to promote collaboration and help celebrate and protect Seychelles' sea turtles.

Pin the Turtle on Denis and North Island

North Island and Denis Island host healthy breeding populations of both Green turtles and Hawksbill turtles, which is unique in the inner islands. By partnering up with their environment staff, we were able to show what makes these islands special and attractive for the turtles. We decorated our tent with colourful pictures and messages and displayed specimens of a Hawksbill turtle, an uncommon creature that the majority of the people on Mahe have never seen.

Sparkly turtle tattoo

Through our 'Wheel of Fortune' game the public learnt interesting facts about sea turtles and turtle conservation work carried out on North and Denis Island. The lucky winners of our star prize are Kyle Marie and Michel Valentin. Kyle won a digital camera sponsored by North Island and Michel won a reef safari excursion donated by Denis Island and Mason's Travel.

We also had other activities like 'Pin the Turtle', ‘Turtle Egg-laying Relay Race' and 'Face Painting'. Children left our stand with sparkly tattoos of our cute and cuddly turtle friends.

GIF would like to thank the dedicated organizers for the excellent coordination, and North Island and Denis Island whose assistance was invaluable in making this year's Sea Turtle festival a success.

Hugging the turtle
Star prize winner Michel Valentin
Star prize winner Kyle Marie

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