Dead or Alive? The struggle of modern day environmentalists

Most of us when thinking of Costa Rica imagine the exotic beaches, beautiful landscape and rich biodiversity. Voted in 2009 as the world’s greenest and happiest country and praised since for its efforts in human development and environmental protection, few would think that volunteers in conservation will fear for their lives in such a place. Jairo Mora Sandoval, a 26 year old biology student, was brutally killed last month in the Limon Province of Costa Rica while doing what he loved most, protecting a beautiful and gentle creature, the leatherback turtle. Jairo was a volunteer for the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST), an NGO that is working towards the protection of turtle eggs within Central America.

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