Help Save Our Terrapins!

As a non-governmental organisation, we are constantly raising funds to support the increasing number of research, conservation and educational projects that the Society takes on. Help save our terrapins by making a donation. No amount is too small, and all contributions are tax-deductible.

Visit Us!

Our River Terrapin Conservation Centre hosts a hatchery where terrapin eggs are incubated; a head-starting pond where terrapin hatchlings are raised before their release; and a Turtle Gallery that houses numerous turtle shells, skeletons, bones, preserved specimens and educational posters.

Terrapin Independence Day

All the river terrapins that are hatched from our conservation project are released into the Kemaman River. The release is an annual public event celebrated on the first Saturday of October.

Shop With Us!

Our exclusive terrapin-themed batik is our signature merchandise, meticulously hand-printed by makciks in the small-and-medium industry. Our products (cosmetic bags, straw pouches, water bottle holders, etc.) are also handmade by local folks.

Turtle Alley

Turtle Alley was created in 2011 to beautify a derelict but much used alleyway in Chinatown, Kuala Terengganu.

One wall of the alley is lined with turtle mosaics while on the other, are mounted metallic plates of the book “Little Turtle Messenger,” with the story told in three languages; English, Malay and Chinese.

The collection and consumption of river terrapin eggs, coupled with habitat destruction and the use of indiscriminate fishing gears, have caused the drastic decline of the river terrapin populations in Malaysia. Realising the need to take immediate action to prevent their extinction, we began to study their nesting biology, ecology and movements patterns. In 2011, we initiated a community-based terrapin conservation project with a local community in Kemaman, Terengganu.

Number of female terrapins micro-chipped since 2011

Number of terrapin eggs saved from human consumption

Number of terrapin hatchlings produced

Number of terrapin hatchlings released

Our outreach programmes are designed to communicate the “science” of our research and conservation project to the public. Our educational trips will not only appeal to college/ university students and their lecturers, but also to parents who are keen to provide their children an opportunity to explore nature. By participating in our hands-on activities, you could make an impact to the local communities through your CSR programmes.


Support Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia (TCS) in restoring depleted wild populations of freshwater turtles in the country. As a non-governmental organisation, we are constantly raising funds to support the increasing number of research, conservation and educational projects that the Society takes on. Your tax-deductible donations enable us to help save the critically endangered turtles in Malaysia. 


If you are a graduate or undergraduate looking to gain hands-on experience doing conservation-related work in a non-profit in Malaysia, we offer internships that allow you to get a feel of what it is like working in conservation. As an intern, you will get exposure to real projects (managing wildlife and people) and gain real world experience. You will have the opportunity to learn new skills (writing, public speaking, fundraising, marketing, etc.), to see your projects go from start to finish, and yes, you are allowed to make mistakes!


Do turtles have teeth?

Do turtles have teeth?

Have you ever wondered whether turtles have teeth? It is surprising to know that today’s turtles including freshwater turtles, sea turtles, terrapins and tortoises are the only reptiles that do not possess any teeth.

Replacing fear with curiosity

Replacing fear with curiosity

A former intern recalls her fear for animals and how despite that, she joined TCS for a month, and found that she thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

‘Stop consuming turtle eggs’

‘Stop consuming turtle eggs’

While the current peak nesting season is seeing a rise in turtle eggs, conservation groups are urging Malaysians to take a pledge to stop putting turtle eggs on their plates.