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.
Turtle eggs are notaphrodisiacs. Scientists have analysed the nutrient content of turtle eggs and found them to be no better than chicken eggs.
The Wildlife Protection Act 1972 lists several levels of protection for endangered species of wild animals (mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects), but completely omitted all species of terrapins and tortoises.
If any, it has mostly been through contact with contamination in the water or on the turtle itself. The causative agent is usually Salmonella or E. coli.
We are happy to announce our first Volunteer Programme!
TCS was invited by Berjaya Hotels and Resorts to conduct a Turtle Awareness Programme in conjunction with their Buka Puasa event recently.
We installed a camera at the terrapin hatchery, and here’s what we’ve got so far.
On Saturday, 15th March 2014, we had our 3rd Annual General Meeting (AGM). A total of 28 new and existing members attended the AGM.
Leo Burnett, the 4th largest communications network in the world, has created a mobile web-based microsite for a contest in collaboration with TCS to create awareness and raise funds for turtle conservation.
Day 4 was full of small wins! We’ve put up all our printed exhibits and we also managed to repair a broken Giant soft-shell turtle and bring it back to its full glory!
Head Mistress Pn. Chia, from SJKC Kuala Kemaman, wrote an article regarding the Turtle Awareness Programme that TCS carried out in the school recently.
Sampling raw and fresh honey, visiting a turtle conservatory and watching fireflies were part of an interesting trip for participants of the recent Kembara Media 1 Malaysia 2014 to Terengganu.
Critically endangered river terrapins are bred and released to replenish their declining numbers in the wild.
Berjaya Hotels and Resorts collaborated with the Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia on the Turtle Conservation Awareness Programme, which is aimed at educating children on the importance of preserving a balanced ecosystem.
Local schoolchildren from SK Tekek were also educated on turtle conservation by Chen Pelf Nyok, the co-founder of the Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia and teen celebrity Fimie Don.
Despite the fact that turtle eggs have no beneficial value, people in Sabah and Terengganu, especially the older generation are still downing it with delight.