We DO NOT encourage anybody to keep red-eared sliders, or any turtles, as pets, and these are the main reasons why.
Vera Nieuwenhuis is a professional photographer based in New York. She spent two weeks with us in Kemaman, Malaysia, to photo-document our river terrapin research, conservation, education and outreach activities.
Is there any volunteer program at the Ma’ Daerah Turtle Sanctuary? I would like to visit the Ma’ Daerah Turtle Sanctuary one day, how should I go about it?
Yes, there is. During the peak turtle nesting season, which is from early May until end of August each year, the Ma’Daerah Turtle Sanctuary runs a weekly 3D2N programme called Weekend with the Turtles.
The WWF-Malaysia turtle teams work at 3 project sites, and they are in Padang Kamunting and the surrounding beaches in Melaka, as well as Kerteh and Setiu in Terengganu. We work closely with the Department of Fisheries on several fronts, which include beach patrolling and hatchery management, egg buy-back, training the rangers and egg collectors, scientific research, as well as community education and awareness.
As the Team Leader for WWF-Malaysia’s Terengganu Turtle Conservation, my work broadly involves ensuring our team delivers the project outputs and activities in accordance with the agreed work plan, time frame and within the prescribed budget. We also update our funders regularly either in writing or personally, and sometimes both, on the status of our project.
As a media practitioner, it is heartening to see that local journalists i.e. those in Terengganu in particular are taking a keen interest on the issue which is at their doorstep.
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!
I am truly grateful to be given this golden opportunity and I do hope to participate in this kind of activity again in the future.
To celebrate Terrapin Independence Day 2016, we have lined up various activities for both adults and children. Come join us on the 24-25th September weekend!
At times, I practiced the talk several times and improved on my presentation skills, after all, I’d be talking to a group of 11-year-old students! I was excited and nervous at the same time!
A day before the 2D1N programme, I had a fear of facing the big group of students and I was worried that I might forget any of the duties that were assigned to me. I kept thinking to myself, “Cabita, you can do it. Do it with full confidence and always be aware of the critical situations that you might face during the programme.”
“A few days before the trip, I was so afraid that I might not be able to lead and meet the expectations of the TDT participants! I searched for information regarding turtles and terrapins from the “almighty internet” to prepare myself for any questions that might be raised by the participants.”
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.
Read the article on Nanyang Siang Pau website.
All these was possible through the efforts of women like Chen Pelf Nyok and Tan Yuan Ying from the Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia.
The year has seen us forge great relationships with local communities which was instrumental in the success and growth of our project. It proves that we simply can’t do without community engagement. Conservation isn’t solely an endeavour by NGOs alone, we need the help of the local community to really make a difference. To put it succinctly, conservation is a task for everyone.
The event which collected a massive 368kg of trash littering the stretch of 1km public beach fronting the TimurBay Sales Gallery and Swiss-Garden Resort Residences was jointly organised by OSK Property with OSK Foundation, Malaysian Nature Society (Pahang Branch) and Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia.
A concerted effort by the Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia has helped save thousands of eggs and facilitated the release of thousands of hatchlings into Terengganu rivers.