The Zoological Foundation of El Salvador (FUNZEL) is aSalvadoran non-profit organization, founded in 1989, with a mission to protectand conserve the wildlife of El Salvador. FUNZEL is involved in various programsand projects to conserve wildlife and their ecosystems but specializes inconservation programs for four species of sea turtle that nest on the beachesof El Salvador – hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata),leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea),green (Chelonian mydas) and oliveridley (Lepidochelys olivacea). Inaddition, FUNZEL is involved in government and university supported researchprograms, emergency and basic medical attention for wildlife, and environmentaleducation activities regarding the hazards and illegality of trafficking anddomestication of wild animals.