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Save Our Leatherbacks Operation

Kingwood,  TX 
United States
http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org


Join us to Save Our Seas & Leatherback Sea Turtles today!

Save Our Leatherbacks Operation (S.O.L.O.) is a US 501(c)(3) non-profit charity founded two decades ago by Dr. Larry McKenna to work with a village in Papua, Indonesia, to increase this sea turtle’s hatching rate. Now, thousands more Leatherbacks swim the Pacific and return to nest.

In 2015, S.O.L.O. started 11th Hour Heroes to expand efforts. Partnering with the Marco Vincent Dive Resort in the Philippines, litter was cleaned up and better fishing regulation enforcement was funded by raising marine park fees.

Project Komodo (named for the dragon that leaves not even bones behind from its meals) aims to clean up the Pacific Gyre using a unique approach from Dr. McKenna’s aircraft design experience.

Please join us:

  • Join our 2021 Indonesian expedition (see our DEMA product offering area).
  • View our on-demand DEMA Education Seminar available through December 31: "Shocking Amounts of Trash Kill Sea-Life! Help Us Set This Right!".


 Videos

Save Our Leatherbacks Operation Overview

 Show Specials

  • Our virtual DEMA booth offers a wide selection of sea-turtle and conservation-themed thank-you gifts for a variety of donation amounts to help us fund our work. Many items are great for the holidays! During DEMA, we will INCLUDE an ADDITIONAL FREE GIFT in the shipment of your item(s) depending on your total donation amount.

    A)  $5 OR MORE: blue/silver tone ball point pen including a stylus for use on tablet/phone, engraved with "SAVE OUR LEATHERBACK OPS".

    B)  $30 or more: an office accessory kit consisting of a faux leather note caddy with sticky style notes, 2021 calendar, and silver tone plaque engraved with "SAVE OUR OCEANS" and "PICK UP YOUR TRASH" plus a letter opener with the image of a Leatherback Sea Turtle.

    C)  $75 or more: a picnic accessory kit consisting of a collapsible, reusable water bottle with a Leatherback Sea Turtle Image; a multi-tool pocket knife (folding knife, corkscrew, Phillips screwdriver, and keychain) engraved with "SAVE OUR LEATHERBACK TURTLES"; and a reusable, cotton tote bag bearing the image of our newest project mascot, a Komodo Dragon symbolically eating a trashed plastic bottle as thoroughly as it eats its prey, leaving not even bones behind.

    WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! HELP US CONTINUE OUR CONSERVATION WORK!  Visit our booth and support us by ordering during DEMA and we will add the additional gift corresponding to your order amount (A, B, or C) to your shipment.


 Products

  • LEATHERBACK SILVER NECKLACE WITH SAPPHIRE ACCENTS
    Stunning Silver Leatherback Sea Turtle necklace with ruby eyes & sapphire accents....

  • This stunning design is made with 42 grams of 92% purity silver plus ruby eyes and sapphire accents. It was hand produced in India and comes with a choice of Sterling diamond cut chain (shown) or sterling rope chain (shown on the previous product).  Engraved on the back side of left flipper is a unique serial number, and on the back side of the right flipper is the S.O.L.O. website name.  A storage pouch and signed provenance and appraisal certificates are included.  Founding Director, Dr. Larry McKenna, comments, “Over the two decades years SO.L.O. has been active, I have created, developed or specially purchased most every item you see in the emporium.  These silver Pendants that I created with Narinder Thawrani are the most stunning ever created by any jeweler.”  As a true collector’s item, quantities are limited and will not be increased.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • LEATHERBACK SILVER NECKLACE WITH RUBY EYES
    Stunning Silver Leatherback necklace with ruby eye accents...

  • This stunning design is made with 42 grams of 92% purity silver plus ruby eye accents. It was hand produced in India and comes with a choice of Sterling rope chain (shown) or Sterling diamond cut chain (see next product).  Engraved on the back side of left flipper is a unique serial number, and on the back side of the right flipper is the S.O.L.O. website name.  A storage pouch and signed provenance and appraisal certificates are included.  Founding Director, Dr. Larry McKenna, comments, “Over the two decades years SO.L.O. has been active, I have created, developed or specially purchased most every item you see in the emporium.  These silver Pendants that I created with Narinder Thawrani are the most stunning ever created by any jeweler.”  As a true collector’s item, quantities are limited and will not be increased.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • BLING LEATHERBACK T-SHIRT
    Black T-shirt with sparkly crystal Leatherback design...

  • Black cotton T-shirt made in USA by Haynes with added crystal Leatherback sea turtle design. Available in Women's sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL. Shirt is true to USA sizes. It does not shrink noticeably, and crystals remain in place when the shirt is turned inside before machine washing in warm water and then hung on a plastic hanger to dry.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • LEATHERBACK PEWTER PIN
    Leatherback pewter pin attaches with 2 pips...

  • Leatherback pewter pin designed with amazing detail by Roland St. John. Pin with 2 pips on back, is lead-free, and has been treated with a non-tarnish coating and is lead-free. Size is approx. 1.75 x 1.75 inches.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • HAND CARVED LEATHERBACK NECKLACE & EARRINGS
    Adjustable necklace and earrings hand-carved from used pearl oyster shells...

  • Pendant and earrings are hand carved in Indonesia from a "mother of pearl" oyster shell after the oyster stops producing pearls. The length of the necklace is adjusted to suit any outfit by sliding knots up or down. May purchase the necklace, the earrings, or the full set. Color varies slightly due to variations in color of the natural oyster shells.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • LEATHERBACK LIFE CYCLE CINNAMON CANDLE
    Hand sculpted, cinnamon scented candles showing the Leatherback Sea Turtle's life cycle...

  • This fragrant Leatherback Life Cycle Candle is hand sculpted in Bali, Indonesia. Made from a mix of Palm Wax and Bee Wax. Scented with tree cinnamon essence. Estimated burn life 80 Hours. This is a Definite Collector Item! Presentation box included. Approx. 5 inches dia. x 5 inches high. Weight: Approx. 2 pounds.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • COLLAPSIBLE WATER BOTTLE
    Set of two (2) reusable, collapsible water bottles with Carabiner clips...

  • This collapsible water bottle holds 0.7 liters and is designed to avoid leaks through many repeated uses.  It is PCB safe and comes with a Carabiner clip. Available in sets of two (2).

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • SOFT EXTRA-LARGE MICROFIBER TOWEL
    Super soft and absorbent 62 X 35 inch microfiber towel with carrying case...

  • This extra-large microfiber towel, designed and produced for us by McNett, is super soft and super absorbent. It is great to dry off after diving or water sports. It is large at 62 inches x 35 inches and comes with a handy carrying case.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • REUSABLE PROJECT KOMODO SHOPPING BAG
    Cotton shopping bag sporting Project Komodo's dragon mascot eating a trashed plastic bottle...

  • This reusable white cotton shopping bag with sturdy black carrying straps shows your support for S.O.L.O.'s Project Komodo. It sports the project's Komodo Dragon mascot eating a trashed plastic bottle. An efficient eater, the Komodo Dragon leaves not even bones behind after a meal.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • LEATHERBACK RESCUE ORNAMENT
    Pewter ornament depicting an angelic child freeing an entrapped Leatherback Sea Turtle, great for the holidays!...

  • This ornament, designed and crafted by Roland St John, depicts an angelic child freeing an entrapped Leatherback Sea Turtle. It is made in the USA from lead-free pewter. It comes with a beautiful gift box and is great for bringing the spirit of ocean conservation to the holidays!

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • DRY BAG
    Dry bag with double seal. Only yellow color is currently available....

  • This dry bag is OFFERED SOLELY by S.O.L.O.  It features a double seal (interior zip lock style seal plus exterior rolled seal secured with buckle), an adjustable shoulder strap, the S.O.L.O. logo, and a place to write your name and e-mail address.  At about 7 inches diameter by 20 inches high (before rolling the exterior seal), it is perfect to protect a camera and/or clothing from splashes or rain. ONLY YELLOW COLOR IS NOW AVAILABLE.  A DAN luggage tag will be included with each bag.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • BOBBLEHEAD SEA TURTLE ART PIECE
    Bobblehead sea turtle art hand crafted from coconut shells...

  • This beautiful piece of sea turtle art with bobbing head is hand-crafted in Bali, Indonesia, and painstakingly hand painted in pointillism style (art made from many dots). Dot colors vary from one beautiful hand-crafted piece to another. Size is approximately 3 inches x 5 inches x 4 inches but varies from piece to piece owing to the artist’s use of natural coconut shells.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • LEATHERBACK HATCHLINGS BRONZE SCULPTURE
    Cast bronze sculpture of Leatherback Sea Turtle Hatchlings on stained/varnished wood base with felt backing...

  • Perfect for Sea Turtle lovers! This beautiful cast bronze sculpture was designed by Roland St John and hand crafted. It depicts new Leatherback Sea Turtle Hatchlings emerging from their nest and starting the crawl to sea. The bronze casting sits on a stained/varnished wood base with a soft felt backing. Size 9 inches x 7 inches. Limited availability.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • LADY LEATHERBACK POSTER
    Poster of a lady Leatherback Sea Turtle coming ashore to nest...

  • This gorgeous poster by artist Nancy Blauers depicts a lady Leatherback Sea Turtle coming ashore to nest. It is entitled "First Lady on the Beach". Size 17.5 inches by 11.25 inches.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • MUG WRAPPED IN OUR LOGOS
    Mug wrapped by three logos...of our foundation, Save Our Leatherbacks Operation plus the logos of its newest ocean conservation projects, 11th Hour Heroes and Project Komodo...

  • Enjoy your favorite beverage in this ceramic mug while showing your support of ocean conservation. It displays the logo of Save Our Leatherbacks Operation and its newest ocean conservation projects, 11th Hour Heroes and Project Komodo. It holds 11 ounces (0.325 liter) and is safe for microwave and dishwasher. Available individually.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • SOPHIE'S SONG DVD
    DVD with a song written about the first Leatherback Sea Turtle met by Dr. Larry McKenna, Founder of S.O.L.O....

  • This enjoyable DVD contains a song written and performed by Pup Morse about Sophie, the first Leatherback Sea Turtle met by S.O.L.O. Founder, Dr. Larry McKenna, on a remote nesting beach in Papua, Indonesia, along with images arranged by S.O.L.O.'s 11th Hour Heroes project volunteer, Riza Fermin.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • SEA TURTLE ID CARD
    This Sea Turtle ID Card displays on front images all seven species of Sea Turtles plus the life cycle of the Leatherback Sea Turtle and on back a summary of Leatherback facts....

  • This turtle Identification Card shows photos of all seven sea turtle species plus the life cycle of the leatherback.  On the back is a summary of leatherback facts written by S.O.L.O's founder, Dr. Larry McKenna. This laminated 8½ x 5½ inch card is suitable to take along on a boat trip.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • LEATHERBACK LETTER OPENERS
    Set of three (3) letter openers with Leatherback Sea Turtle image...

  • Set of three (3) yellow letter openers bearing a black Leatherback Sea Turtle image and S.O.L.O.'s website.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • POST CARDS: LADY LEATHERBACK
    Set of ten (10) post cards depicting a Leatherback Sea Turtle coming ashore to nest...

  • This beautiful post card depicts a lady Leatherback Sea Turtle coming ashore to nest. It is artist Nancy Blauer's original painting, "First Lady on the Beach", converted to a postcard. Available in a set of ten (10).

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • POST CARDS: KAPTAIN LEATHERBACK
    Set of ten (10) post cards featuring S.O.L.O Founder, Dr. Larry McKenna, with Kaptain Leatherback...

  • This post card features S.O.L.O Founder, Dr. Larry McKenna, with Kaptain Leatherback, surrounded by Leatherback Hatchlings and exclaiming "We can reverse the extinction of this Giant Leatherback Sea Turtle". Available in a set of ten (10).

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • POST CARDS: LEATHERBACK SUCCESS
    Set of ten (10) postcards celebrating S.O.L.O.'s success in increasing the Leatherback Sea Turtle's hatching rate and launch of the new 11th Hour Heroes ocean conservation project...

  • This post card features S.O.L.O Founder, Dr. Larry McKenna, on an Indonesian nesting beach with a nesting female Leatherback Sea Turtle to celebrate success in increasing the hatching rate and announce a new ocean conservation project called 11th Hour Heroes. Available in a set of ten (10).

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.
  • NOTE CADDY
    Note Caddy with plaque proclaiming "SAVE OUR OCEANS" and "PICK UP YOUR TRASH". Contains sticky style notes and a 2021 calendar....

  • This Note Caddy is made from soft faux leather and sports a silver-tone plaque with the proclamations, "SAVE OUR OCEANS" and "PICK UP YOUR TRASH" plus the website of Save Our Leatherbacks Operation. Inside are sticky style notes and a 2021 calendar. Size 5.25 inches x 3.25 inches. Available individually.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • PEN WITH STYLUS & LIGHT
    Set of two (2) pens with conservation messages "SAVE OUR SEAS" and "SAVE OUR LEATHERBACK TURTLES". These metallic red/silver tone ball point pens include a stylus for phone/tablet and light....

  • Metallic red and silver tone ball point pen also contains a soft rubber stylus for use on tablet/phone screens and a light. Engraved on the pen are "SAVE OUR OCEANS" and "SAVE OUR LEATHERBACK TURTLES" plus S.O.L.O.'s website.  Includes a battery which is activated by removing the yellow seal. Push the light to turn on/off. Pull the pen apart to separate the red from silver sections to reveal the internal ball point pen. Available in sets of two (2).

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • PEN WITH STYLUS
    Blue and silver tone click style ball point pen with stylus engraved on the pen is "SAVE OUR LEATHERBACK OPS"....

  • Blue and silver tone click style ball point pen also contains a soft rubber stylus for use on tablet/phone screens. Engraved on the pen is "SAVE OUR LEATHERBACK OPS". Available in sets of four (4).

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • MULTI-TOOL POCKET KNIFE--RED COLOR
    Red Multi-Tool Pocket Knife proclaims "SAVE OUR OCEANS" and "SAVE OUR LEATHERBACK TURTLES". I folding knife, Phillips screwdriver, corkscrew, and keychain...

  • Red steel Multi-Tool Pocket Knife is engraved with “SAVE OUR OCEANS” and “SAVE OUR LEATHERBACK TURTLES” plus S.O.L.O.’s website. Includes folding knife, Phillips screwdriver, corkscrew, and keychain. Not designed for use underwater. Available individually.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • MULTI-TOOL POCKET KNIFE--GREY COLOR
    Grey Multi-Tool Pocket Knife proclaims: "SAVE OUR OCEANS" and "SAVE OUR LEATHERBACK TURTLES". Includes folding knife, Phillips screwdriver, corkscrew, and keychain.
    ...

  • Grey steel Multi-Tool Pocket Knife is engraved with “SAVE OUR OCEANS” and “SAVE OUR LEATHERBACK TURTLES” plus S.O.L.O.’s website. Includes folding knife, Phillips screwdriver, corkscrew, and keychain  Not designed for use underwater. Available individually.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • LEATHERBACK KEY CHAINS
    Set of three (3) keychains with a Leatherback Sea Turtle image...

  • Set of three (3) key chains with soft, “squeezable” soft yellow vinyl disks bearing a black image of the Leatherback Sea Turtle and S.O.L.O.'s website. Size is approximately 2 inches with a metal circlular key ring.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • ARTISTIC LITTER IMPACT CARD
    Set of ten (10) Artistic Cards depict the long lasting impact of marine litter if not removed...

  • Set of ten (10) Artistic Cards features S.O.L.O. Founder, Dr. Larry McKenna, and Director, Bonnie McKenna, on a Philippine beach with marine animals impacted by litter. It states how long various types of litter persist and harm. Designed by S.O.L.O.'s 11th Hour Heroes project volunteers in the Philippines.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • PLASTIC FREE OCEAN STICKER
    Set of ten (10) stickers calling for Plastic Free Oceans...

  • Set of ten (10) stickers proclaiming our goal of Plastic Free Oceans worldwide. Circular stickers are approximately 3-inch diameter. Designed in collaboration between S.O.L.O. and a class at Lone Star College in Texas. Includes websites for S.O.L.O and its 11th Hour Heroes project.

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • BANDA SEA DIVE EXPEDITION IN OCT. 2021
    Join us - Limited space available to join our October 2021 dive expedition to the Spice Islands in Indonesia's Banda Sea...

  • Save Our Leatherbacks Operation (a US IRS certified 501 (c)(3) charity foundation) plans a dive expedition to the Spice Islands in Indonesia's Banda Sea from October 17-27, 2021, aboard the MV Solitude Adventurer in support of our ocean conservation goals. Limited space is available. Please consider joining us. Contact us today for more information!
  • SEA TURTLE MAGNETS--FLAT
    Set of three (3) hand-crafted, flat Sea Turtle magnets hand painted in Bali, Indonesia...

  • Flat, wooden Sea Turtle magnets hand painted in the pointillism style (dot art) in Bali Indonesia. Each is a different color pattern selected by the artist. Size is approximately 2 inches x 3 inches. Available in sets of three (3).

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.

  • SEA TURTLE MAGNETS--HUMPBACK
    Set of three (3) hand crafted Sea Turtle magnets with rounded, humped backs...

  • Wooden Sea Turtle magnets hand painted in the pointillism style (dot art) in Bali Indonesia. These have a rounded, humped back. Each is a different color pattern selected by the artist. Size is approximately 1 inch x 1 inch x 2 inches. Available in sets of three (3).

    Available through our online emporium: http://www.saveourleatherbacks.org/giftemporium.html which handles payment via secure PayPal or provides instructions on how to mail us a check.


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