Wee Seng Whatt

Releasing river terrapin hatchlings into the Kemaman River. 2011.

Wee Seng Whatt was born in Kuala Terengganu. He received his formal education at the Sultan Sulaiman Primany School, and Sultan Sultan Secondary School, both in Kuala Terengganu. Upon completion of his secondary education, and due to unforeseen circumstances, he did not further his education but instead joined the workforce. Since then, he had been in the banking industry for more than 30 years.

Due to his interest in nature and photography, he joined the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) in 2003 and has been elected the Honorary Treasurer of MNS Terengganu since 2007. He was exposed to various conservation projects through the activities carried out by MNS. However, his first hands-on experience with turtle conservation was a volunteering stint in October 2006, where he participated in a terrapin conservation project carried out by WWF-Malaysia in Setiu, Terengganu.

His involvement in conservation projects heightened in 2010, when he was introduced to Chan and Pelf. Since then, he has been participating in the river terrapin research and conservation project in the Kemaman River, as an assistant and designated photographer.

His commitment to Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia (TCS) is to help out in whatever way he can, despite not having the necessary technical skills. Afterall, he had spent all his working life in the bank.