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Adopt a sea turtle
Donation amount: 250 kn
© Isaac VEGA
© Isaac VEGA

It's estimated that only around 1 in 1,000 marine turtle hatchlings make it to adulthood. It takes 30 years for a turtle to return to the beach where she was born to give birth to her young. Adopt a turtle and support our work.

There are seven species of marine turtle—and at least six of the seven species are at risk of extinction. In our Adriatic sea, we can easily spot the Caretta Caretta sea turtle. Have you ever seen one?

Adopt a turtle, support our work

Animal adoptions like yours give a huge boost to our work. Your symbolic adoption supports our work. In Adria, we work to establish marine protected areas (MPAs) to ensure sea turtles have a safe place to nest, feed and migrate freely. We encourage governments to strengthen legislation and provide funding for sea turtle protection. WWF also supports the monitoring and patrolling of turtle nests in many parts of the world and helps equip local turtle conservationists. This often leads to ecotourism opportunities and offers alternative livelihoods to local communities.

How does it work?

Did you know?

Marine turtles are excellent navigators - they often migrate hundreds, even thousands of kilometers between feeding and nesting grounds. Male turtles never leave the sea, but females come ashore to lay eggs - amazingly to the same beach where they themselves hatched.

In a single nesting season, females lay between two and six clutches of eggs, each containing 65 to 180 eggs. The clutches are laid approximately every two weeks, and the period between nesting seasons ranges from one to nine years. Temperature determines the sex of the turtle; warmer nests produce female hatchlings and cooler nests produce males.

Learn more about the turtle

Sea turtles have roamed the Earth’s oceans for the last 110 million years. They live a long time (some can live up to 50 years or more) and have similar life spans to humans. Most marine turtles take decades to mature—between 20 and 30 years—and remain actively reproductive for another 10 years.

Loggerhead turtles carry colonies of small plants and animals on their shells which serve as important habitats themselves. As many as 100 species of animals and plants have been recorded living on one single loggerhead turtle.

How does it work?

First of all: thank you. You’re choosing something different. This is not a normal gift. This is a special gift because it will help protect the beautiful and fragile nature that surrounds us.
This is a perfect gift for animal lovers, environmentalists or simply people with a big heart.

Only 3 steps to complete your adoption, it’s easy!

  1. Choose the animal you love the most
  2. Personalize the certificate with your own message
  3. Fill the data (you can decide what day and what time you want the person to receive your special gift)
  4. Send the gift easily by email (you'll receive a copy)
  5. Enjoy the special gift 

Last-minute gift? This is the perfect solution! You can send the personalized certificate very quickly! We'll keep you updated on how you're supporting our vital work.

Safety: our donation process is fully encrypted to ensure all personal and financial information is kept safe and secure.

Any questions? Take a look at our adoption FAQs