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Mayor Dalipe releases 39 turtle hatchlings in Zamboanga City island

Zamboanga City Mayor John Dalipe, along with Councilor Vino Guingona, has led the release of 39 Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) turtle hatchlings at the Great Sta. Cruz Island.

The activity Saturday, May 4, highlighted the Fiesta na Isla de Sta. Cruz held in line with the city’s Summer Festival (Verano na Zamboanga 2024).

The city government said the release of the hatchlings demonstrated the Dalipe administration’s commitment to wildlife and ecosystems conservation and preservation.

The premiere Sta. Cruz Island is a nesting site for sea turtles and is being handled by the Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) of the Great and Little Sta. Cruz Islands Protected Landscape and Seascape under the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (OCENR).

Numerous hatchlings have been released into the wild since the discovery of the nesting site a few years ago.

Olive Ridley turtles are considered endangered species.

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