Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia (TCS) was founded out of necessity in 2011 because co-founders Drs. Chan Eng Heng and Chen Pelf Nyok realised that there wasn’t an organisation or agency in charge of the tortoises and freshwater turtles in the country, despite being home to 18 species of native species.
TCS is the first non-governmental and non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of freshwater turtles in Malaysia. The aim of the Society is to bring about the recovery of depleted wild populations of turtles, with particular reference to freshwater turtles, in Malaysia through partnerships with like-minded organisations, individuals and local communities as well as through its own programmes.
We strive to create the conditions for turtles to thrive under the care and protection of informed local communities, an educated and motivated public, dedicated NGOs and a concerned government.
Dr. Chan Eng Heng
Tan Sri Dr. Salleh Mohd. Nor
Lim Puay Aun
Chan Wai Kee
Ahmad Amir Azfar Shahidan
Amirah Farhana Aggus Salim Halmee
Chong Chin Kian
Shah Redza Hussein
Dr. Chen Pelf Nyok
Pelf is the co-founder and Executive Director of TCS. She is awarded the first Ph.D. in the field of non-marine turtles in Malaysia. Her research interests are the distribution, biology and ecology of freshwater turtles. She leads the community-based terrapin conservation project in Kg. Pasir Gajah, Kemaman, and was very recently awarded the Commonwealth Points of Light from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her turtle conservation efforts. She is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (TFTSG), and also Vice President of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) Malaysia Chapter.