Puerto Rico creates an ecological corridor to protect leatherback turtles

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After years of dithering

Leatherback turtles, which are rated "critically endangered" on the IUCN's Red List, are finally getting a break (at least, let's hope this helps). After a 15-year fight between developers and conservationists, Puerto Rico's government has finally decided to side with the greens and create a protected zone on the island's coast to protect leatherbacks. Named the Northeast Ecological Corridor, the protected area is about 14 square kilometers (5.4 sq miles).

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This will not only help leatherback turtles, but also a huge variety of other species, as the area is home to "more than 860 different types of flora and fauna." While the developers' hotels and resorts won't be built, the area should become a great eco-tourist attraction, and hopefully our children will still be able to see tiny leatherbacks hatch out by the hundreds and begin their arduous journey to the sea.

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Via BBC

See also: Chinese boat crashes in protected coral reef... with thousands of illegally killed pangolins on board

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