Dr. Joao was requested at the stunning Ponta Do Ouro Reserve for a difficult but necessary job.
For many years “Ponta” as been home to domestic feral dogs that roam the coastline. Despite being owner-less, most of the dogs are friendly and looked after by tourists. However, these dogs have been responsible for the killing of 1-2k marine turtles, biting children, aggressive behaviour. Additionally, they are responsible for transmitting potential diseases to other humans. The reserves mission is to protect every wild animal. The combination of complaints and the vulnerability of these little turtles, team STS offered a helping hand.
Our vet assisted with the safe capture of 12 feral dogs. Either by dart or hand injection. All the animals were treated accordingly and taken to a shelter where they will be neutered, dewormed and vaccinated. They would then be put for adoption.
Some foreign tourists claim the ponta dogs were part of their “holiday experience”. They say they should not be removed from the reserve. However, these particular turtles have been marked as vulnerable on the IUCN red list. In order prevent extinction, this case must be taken seriously. We firmly believe that every animal has its own place. Protected areas serve to protect wild animals. That is our mission and we will keep doing it for as long as possible.
📷 Ponta Do Ouro marine reserve & STS