Locals in Costa Rica allowed to take turtle eggs

  • 4 September 2013

Conservationists in Costa Rica are allowing locals to take un-hatched turtle eggs, in an unusual project to save them.

Every year around one million Lora turtles lay their eggs on beaches of the South American country and poachers steal them to make money.

By allowing villagers to take a small amount and sell them, experts say it's reduced poaching and protects millions of turtles every year.

It has been called a form of "legalised poaching" and the project is designed to conserve turtles while also helping the local economy.