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Padre Island National Seashore, Texas



Kemp's Ridley Turtle

In Texas, challenge cost-share funds support the restoration of the endangered Kemp's Ridley and other sea turtles at the Padre Island National Seashore with a total of $489,000 - one-half of which comes from partners including the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the National Park Foundation, the Western National Parks Association, the Alvin and Lucy Owsley Foundation, the Help Endangered Animals Ridley Turtles Norcross Wildlife Foundation, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the College of Charleston, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Shell Oil Company, Unilever, and individual volunteers. Working with these partners, NPS released 1,299 endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle hatchlings at the most important nesting beach in the United States.

 - June 2004