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August 25, 2014


El Hijo de Santo watches over as sea turtles lay their eggs on the beaches of Morro Ayuta

Last week, El Hijo del Santo, an iconic Mexican wrestling star, traveled with WILDCOAST to the beaches of Morro Ayuta, in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, where 40,000 sea turtles came to nest. This is one of the most important beaches for sea turtle survival and the Mexican Navy helps guard turtle nests from human predators.

Santo traveled to Morro Ayuta, to support sea turtle camps and their conservation activities. While visiting small villages he talked to the children that live near the nesting beaches, and asked them to help sea turtles survive. “The children will educate their parents and teachers against predatory behavior,” he said.    

Since 2007, Santo has campaigned vigorously to conserve endangered sea turtles. He has spoken in northern Mexico against eating sea turtle meat, and in the south against consuming sea turtle eggs.

In the spring of 2014, El Hijo del Santo risked his reputation to help preserve Cabo Pulmo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. He helped to defeat plans to build a new city of about 300,000 dwellers, 4.5 miles from the thriving coral reef. The city would have been a death sentence for the reef and its inhabitants. Santo rallied the media and thousand of supporters for conservation. They in turn helped WILDCOAST and a coalition of organizations (NGO’s) to successfully defeat the powerful interests that were behind the megaproject.

For seven years, El HIjo del Santo has dedicated his character to inspiring and supporting the conservation of the ocean and endangered species. He is a powerful role model in Latin America and Latino USA. He has a huge following, and he is passionate about the environment, making him a very successful defender of the ocean and all of its inhabitants.

El Hijo del Santo ("The Son of the Saint") is the son of the legendary professional wrestler, film actor and Mexican folk hero, El Santo. The only one of El Santo's eleven children to become a professional wrestler, El Hijo del Santo has wrestled all over the world and defeated an impressive number of wrestlers with 62 recorded victories, and many more for the environment.

Thank you El Hijo del Santo for being our champion!