Conservation organizations and individuals have raised $56,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of turtle egg poachers who murdered Jairo Mora Sandoval, a 26-year-old sea turtle conservationist earlier this month.
Contributions from ten organizations boosted the reward more than five-fold over the past week. Groups have also established a memorial fund for Sandoval.
“Jairo Mora Sandoval was a most dedicated and brave young biologist,” said Todd Steiner, a wildlife biologist and executive director of SeaTurtles.org, in a statement. “There can be no higher priority than protecting those who dedicate their lives to protecting others; we call on the government of Costa Rica to redouble its efforts to find Jairo’s killers.”
Sandoval was beaten to death after he was kidnapped and tortured by at least five masked assailants. Four female volunteers who were with him were also kidnapped but escaped.