Feb 1

We’ve asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and tell us why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight, this Valentine’s Day.

Each nominee’s story is featured on the Arkive blog with information on the species, what makes them so special, the conservation organisation that nominated them and how they are working to save them from extinction.

Click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite to help get them into the top ten unloved species and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others using the #LoveSpecies hashtag on Twitter and Facebook and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (07:59 GMT).

Join us and our conservation partners in celebrating and raising awareness for some of the world’s most unloved species this Valentine’s Day!

Species: Hawksbill turtle

Nominated by: TreadRight Foundation

Conservation status: Critically Endangered

Why do you love it? How can you not love the sea turtle with the heart shaped shell? They are beautifully coloured, have a distinct beak that gives them their name, and they make incredibly impressive migrations as they move from feeding grounds to nesting grounds.

What are the threats to the hawksbill turtle: Hawksbill sea turtles are highly sought after for their beautiful gold and brown shell, which are used to make jewellery, ornaments and decorative items. As a result, hawksbill populations have declined by a shocking 90 per cent over the course of the last century.

What are you doing to save it? TreadRight and Contiki sponsored Tiki the hawksbill sea turtle for the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s annual Tour de Turtles. Tiki was outfitted with a tracking device for the Tour de Turtles, which helped generate race results, but more importantly contributes important data about the migration patterns, feeding habits and nesting tendencies about the hawksbill, a species we know relatively little about. By learning more about their habits, researchers can gain a clearer picture of what a sea turtle’s life is really like, and therefore be better equipped to help them.

Find out more about the TreadRight Foundation’s work with the hawksbill turtle

Discover more sea turtle species on Arkive