From now until February, guests at the Paradisus Los Cabos in Mexico can participate in the luxury resort’s Welcome to Life initiative. The initiative protects the endangered wildlife native to the Los Cabos region. Paradisus Los Cabos is now home to a nesting colony of three vulnerable turtle species—Leatherhead, Black and Olive Ridley. Paradisus Los Cabos is one of only three hotels in the region authorized to host a sea turtle conservation program. This is in part due to the location of the property, which lies in an area conducive to the natural environmental conditions necessary to serve the turtle population. During the prime season, which is August through February, guests can personally engage and interact with the animals through the conservation program, providing them with a fulfilling and authentically enriching experience. This engagement takes numerous forms, including GPS setting for adult turtle arrival, a nesting counting tour where guests can be up close and personal with the turtles and turtle eggs, understand the various types of nests, and count eggs, observe the thrilling moment of egg hatching, be a part of the baby recording process where they are measured, weighed and tagged, and watch the babies be released.
“This project is an excellent way for hotel guests and Los Cabos tourists alike to educate themselves about the importance of protecting these animals,” said Daniela Claudia Díaz Rodríguez, the Sustainability Manager of Paradisus Los Cabos. “So far we are seeing great success with the program, and by encouraging Paradisus guests to become directly involved, it allows them to learn something new while also feeling connected to the natural environment here and feel like they are contributing to a larger, globally significant cause.”
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