This is Pak Wazel. He is 56 years old this year. He has 10 children and 9 grandchildren. His youngest son is now 17 years old.
Pak Wazel originates from Kuala Berang, about 2 hours from Kemaman. He was an odd-job worker before settling down in Kg. Pasir Gajah and starting a family. But because he was from a different village, he was regarded as a “nobody” here. A few years ago, when asked about him, local villagers would say, “Wazel? Which Wazel?”
But after joining our terrapin conservation project, he is now known, not only in this village, but also in other communities, as “Wazel Tuntung” (Wazel the Terrapin Guy). This terrapin conservation project in Kg. Pasir Gajah has indirectly given him “an identity.”
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
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