Hyatt Ziva Los Cabo Sustainable Funding For Turtle Tracking

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabo Sustainable Funding For Turtle Tracking
February 12, 2019 Bradley Cox

Perched on the tip of the Baja California Peninsula, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is a luxurious all-inclusive Family Resort situated between desert dunes and ocean rock formations with spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez.

Green Globe certified the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos in Mexico for the first time in January, with the resort achieving an impressive compliance score of 94%.

ZIVA Turtle Tracking Project

Marine life conservation is one of the principal sustainability goals of the hotel. On September 27, 2017 the H. XII City Council of Los Cabos with the support of the Organization for the Sustainability and Conservation of the Environment, AC and the Hyatt Ziva, launched a satellite-tracking project on the beach of San José del Cabo where a satellite transmitter called “Ziva” was attached to an adult female olive ridley sea turtle.

The participation of Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos was vital in this project as the resources needed for the acquisition of the transmitter and the satellite tracking device were obtained from the sale of recyclable materials such as aluminum cans, burnt oil, various scrap metals, plastics, crafts made by hotel employees and the sale of sweets and ice creams.

The satellite tracking of sea turtles captured within Mexican territory waters through the transmitters, provides data on the behavior of individual turtles including various interactions, places visited, distances travelled and possible routes in post-nesting displacement. This contributes to the study of their behavior at sea, which provides invaluable knowledge to define the different migratory routes taken and to estimate individual or the component groups of the reproductive population. The use of telemetry offers great support to answer essential questions for the management and conservation of sea turtles, as well as the opportunity to compare results with other turtle populations in the world.

The route followed by Ziva after its release on September 28, 2017 was along the coast of the peninsula of Baja California Sur prior to ceasing transmission on May 13, 2018. Data was compiled over 231 days enabling researchers to identify feeding areas during this period. Ziva has become an invaluable tool to learn about turtle biology. It also provided useful knowledge that now forms part of an innovative and fun program for young people used by Green Team Members and research staff to teach inside classrooms.

Helping from the Heart Campaign

Social causes are also of importance to management and staff at the resort. Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos cares about the needs of their local community and a program was created to specifically target and assist those who need help the most. Staff, guests and partners of the resort participate in the Helping from the Heart initiative where clothes, footwear, and new and used toys in good condition are collected and distributed to adults, children and families. Since the campaign began in June 2016, it has greatly benefited the community, which receives donated items directly from Helping from the Heart committee members.

 

 

Contact

Soledad De Nicolas
Quality Control / Green Globe
Control de Calidad
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
Paseo Malecón Sn Lote 5
San Jose del Cabo, 23405
MEXICO
P +52 624 163 7730
E soledad.denicolas@hyatt.com
W loscabos.ziva.hyatt.com