2009 Organizers, Sponsors & Partners

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Organizers

Sea Turtle Conservancy

Sea Turtle ConservancyIt is the mission of the Sea Turtle Conservancy, formerly known as Sea Turtle Conservancy, to ensure the survival of sea turtles within the Wider Caribbean basin and Atlantic through research, education, training, advocacy and the protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend. STC is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Florida with offices and projects in several other locations. STC is the oldest sea turtle organization in the world. Since its founding in 1959, CCC's work has greatly improved the survival outlook for several species of sea turtles

MeGotta

MeGottaMeGotta offers a quick, simple and powerful collaboration platform with over 14 integrated Web 2.0 applications. A seamless, easy-to-use interface that encourages communication through video and photo sharing, blogging, forums, and much more, can be deployed within minutes. The company also provides an interactive, animation platform as a way to send fun messages and creative promotions. These tools are shared with good causes through the "MeGotta Care” mission to promote community, education, ecology and similar endeavors.

Sponsors

Casa Tortuga

Casa TortugaCasa Tortuga, Inc. is a non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting the protection of threatened and endangered sea turtles though programs that enhance awareness of the cultural significance of sea turtles and our impact on the environment relative to their survival. Casa Tortuga supports sea turtle conservation through education, community outreach, and collaboration with scientific groups. Casa Tortuga is currently involved in projects that protect sea turtles and their habitat in the United States, Mexico, Uruguay and Indonesia.

Disney Animal Programs

Disney Animal ProgramsThe Disney Animal Program promises excellence in animal care, public education efforts, and championing resources for both environmental and financial gain. Disney's Animal Programs department is one of the most respected in the world, being a proud partner in the Species Survival Plan, World Wildlife Conservation Fund, and has one of the most successful zoological breeding programs in the country. The program is located at Disney's Animal Kingdom® park, the Animal Programs team also has adjunct locations in Epcot and the Disney Wilderness Preserve.

Disney Vero Beach Resort

Disney Vero Beach ResortIt's not just a Disney Vacation, it's a lifetime of vacation memories. Disney's Vero Beach Resort is one part of the Disney Vacation Club. The Resort offers an alluring beach vacation on the Atlantic treasure coast for the perfect family holiday. Disney's Vero Beach Resort offers incredible Disney service: sing-along campfires, tennis courts, backboards, wine tasting, craft making, and even pin trading. Disney's Vero Beach Resort guests can experience lessons in surfing, snorkeling, fishing, jungle trial bike adventures, and sand casting. Your entire family will find something to get them into the spirit of the Sunshine State.

InterContinental Hotel & Resorts - San Juan

InterContinental Hotel & Resorts - San Juan

Arenas del Pacifico

Arenas del PacificoArenas del Pacifico is a forward thinking real estate development company in El Salvador, Central America. It was founded in 1991 by the Guirola family and is currently led by its CEO, Marco Guirola. The Tour de Turtles sponsorship is completely aligned with the company's objectives in the three areas, 1) educating about the turtle as an ecosystem indicator; 2) substituting income generation for the local population from turtle egg extraction to turtle nesting and hatching guided tours, and 3) improving the nesting and hatching prognosis in its direct area of influence. Arenas del Pacifico has implemented these types of programs successfully for over twelve years in diverse areas of El Salvador.

Shark Reef Aquarium

Shark Reef AquariumShark Reef is dedicated to establishing and maintaining the highest standards of animal care, to providing its visitors with an entertaining and educational experience, and to the practice of meaningful research and conservation initiatives. Several initiatives are taken by Shark Reef to encourage the message of conservation and preservation. Recycling facility water and implementing imitation coral into exhibits to preserve natural resources are just two of ways Shark Reef sets the example.

Partners

University of Central Florida Sea Turtle Research Program

University of Central Florida Sea Turtle Research ProgramThe Marine Turtle Research Group is a group of UCF professional scientists and student volunteers dedicated to undertaking fundamental and applied research on marine turtles whilst supporting local capacity building and environmental awareness efforts necessary for successful conservation. Led by biology professor Llew Ehrhart, the group of UCF graduate and undergraduate students study sea turtles along the Atlantic shores as the females return to the beach to nest and juvenile green turtles gather in the nearby Indian River Lagoon.

Sea Turtle License Plate

Sea Turtle License PlateThe Tour de Turtles Program is funded in part by a grant from the Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is funded from the proceeds from the sale of the Florida Sea Turlte Lincesen Plate. In 1997, the State of Florida authorized the creation of the Sea Turtle License Plate to promote the conservation and protection of Florida's sea turtles. Today, the Sea Turtle License Plate is one of the most popular specialty plates in Florida, raising over $1 million annually. Approximately 70% of the funding generated by sales of the tag goes to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Marine Turtle Protection Program to support research and management activities related to sea turtles. Approximately 30% is distributed to the Sea Turtle Grants Program which distributes funds each year to support sea turtle research, conservation and education programs that benefit Florida sea turtles. The Sea Turtle Grants Program is administered by the non-profit Sea Turtle Conservancy

Sea Turtle Conservancy  |  4424 NW 13th St. Suite B-11, Gainesville, FL 32609
Phone: 352-373-6441  |  Fax: 352-375-2449  |   1-800-678-7853  |  stc@conserveturtles.org