Turtle conservationist shot dead ‘by poachers’ on Costa Rica beach

12 Jun

Jairo Mora Sandoval, 26, died just weeks after posting a Facebook plea for police help with turtle-egg thieves.

Late in April a dedicated young Costa Rican conservationist, Jairo Mora Sandoval, logged on to his Facebook page, with its pictures of cavorting baby sea turtles and wild beaches, and typed out an urgent plea. “Can you send messages to the police to come to the Moin beach,” he asked his friends, stressing that the officers must be armed and not afraid, “60 turtles are lost – there wasn’t even a nest left. We need help and soon.”

In a comment beneath the post, Mr Mora Sandoval, who was working to protect the endangered leatherback turtles on his country’s Caribbean coast, explained that the beach was being targeted by “hueveros” (egg thieves). Five people liked the message and 135 shared it. But the response was insufficient….

read the rest o the story here:

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/turtle-conservationist-shot-dead-by-poachers-on-costa-rica-beach-8640815.html

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