This trailer shares a brief introduction to the film, ‘Hope for Belize’s Hicatee: Central American River Turtle,’ a 16-minute natural history film that will be released on October 2, 2017.
‘Hope for Belize’s Hicatee,’ features a critically endangered turtle species being intensely harvested for its meat. This film highlights the cultural significance of the hicatee in Belize, the environmental pressures propelling it toward extinction as well as the current work being done in Belize to save the species.
Hosting a viewing party is an easy way you can support Hicatee Awareness Month. Pick a date, invite your friends and then send us a #Shellfie (group photo)!
- The film will be available to watch for free beginning October 2, 2017 here: 'Hope for Belize's Hicatee'
- Choose a date and location to watch the film and invite your friends and family.
- Let us know you are hosting a viewing party for your chance to win prizes! Share a #Shellfie or group picture of your viewing party on social media or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your group to be entered into a raffle!
Interested in hicatee facts to share at your viewing party? Click the Hicatee Resources button!
Take the pledge today to save the hicatee! Our goal is to add over 1,000 signatures to our banner. Help us reach our goal by taking the Hicatee Pledge today, it's as easy as 1-2-3!
Take the Pledge:
- Read the Hicatee Pledge below.
- Let us know you agree with the Hicatee Pledge. Send us a #Shellfie! Take a picture of yourself wearing something green for Hicatees, post it to Facebook or Instagram and let your friends know you took the Hicatee Pledge and that they can too! We will also enter your name into a raffle to win turtley awesome prizes!
- Once you have shared your photo (be sure to use the hashtag #Shellfie so that we see it!) we will then add your name to the banner! Not on social media? Not a problem, send us an email to email@example.com
- Hicatee turtles are not pets. Hicatees depend on their natural habitats and food resources in freshwater rivers and lagoons in order to remain healthy.
- Captive Breeding should be left to the experts. Hicatee turtles in captivity require specialized care, examinations and support. The captive breeding facility at the BFREE Field Station, Hicatee Conservation and Research Center (HCRC), is overseen by scientists, veterinarians and specialists who are working to understand the captive needs of this unique turtle.
- All laws in Belize relating to the Hicatee should be followed. More people should respect the wildlife laws. Regulations should be more strict to keep the hicatee from going extinct.
- Hicatee turtles should be the national reptile of Belize. Like Baird’s tapir and the Keel-billed toucan, Hicatee turtles are culturally important. They should be celebrated and protected as our national reptile.
Let us know you signed the pledge, share a #shellfiE
Name a turtle
Host a fundraiser to adopt and name a turtle. Your event can help support the care of resident adult and juvenile turtles AND ensure hicatee research continues at the HCRC. With 80 hatchlings this year alone, the turtles need you!
Raise a minimum of $1,000 and your hatchling's name will be engraved on a plaque at the HCRC. Each turtle is marked with with an identification number. We will send you a photo of your turtle along with your turtle's identification number so that you can follow its progress for years to come!
Turn your Viewing Party into a fundraiser and you and your friends can name a turtle together! Or get creative, fundraisers can happen in many ways.
- Raise a minimum of $1,000 to donate to the HCRC by December 15th!
- Send your donation via check or credit card along with your chosen turtle's name, your name and email address here.
- We will send you a picture of your turtle and engrave your turtle's name on a plaque at the HCRC.
Click the button below to learn how you can send a check or donation to the HCRC
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.