Adopt a hatchling campaign
The odds are stacked against flatback turtle hatchlings right from the start.
As soon as they break through the leathery shell of the egg at
night they must work together to dig through the sand to the surface.
Once on the surface of the beach, the hatchlings orientate
themselves towards the lighter horizon of the ocean and run a gauntlet
of dangers - birds, crabs and manmade obstacles like rubbish as fast
as they can down the beach and into the waves.
Sadly early life in the ocean remains precarious and many
hatchlings are eaten by sharks and crocodiles, with few making it to
That’s why QTFN’s Adopt a Hatchling campaign and the work it
supports at Avoid Island is so vital to the survival of this vulnerable
For just $25, you can symbolically adopt your very own hatchling
from the 2016/17 nesting season and help protect the flatback turtle
population for years to come.
Your adoption pack will include:
- An e-certificate identifying your unique adopted hatchling
- Regular updates from QTFN about our work on Avoid Island and other conservation projects across Queensland
- And, of course, a tax deductible receipt
Avoid Island is a QTFN-owned Nature Refuge offshore between
Gladstone and Mackay and the third largest rookery for the southern
Queensland flatback population.
All money raised through the campaign goes towards the
maintenance of this island sanctuary and QTFN’s annual flatback
research, education and monitoring programs.