Upon emergence

all river terrapin hatchlings are marked, weighed and measured.

Then, the hatchlings are

raised at the hatchery. Your symbolic adoption allows us to hire a local villager from Kg. Pasir Gajah to perform a complete water change and to feed the terrapin hatchlings daily. He is tasked to clean the head-starting tank too.

Once a year,

the head-started terrapins are released into the Kemaman River, in our attempt to repopulate the river. You are invited to release your own adopted terrapins, but if you can’t make it, don’t worry, we will release them on your behalf.
Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia (TCS) carries out a River and Painted Terrapin Conservation Project in the Kemaman River, Terengganu. Through this project and with the collaboration with the local communities, a maximum number of river terrapin eggs are secured for incubation. Upon emergence, the river and painted terrapin hatchlings are raised for approximately four to five months before they are also released into the river.

Every year, as part of our fund-raising efforts, we put up our river and painted terrapins for adoption*. Each terrapin adoption costs RM35 (or US$10), and you will be furnished with an official tax-deductible receipt and a personalised Certificate of Adoption. You are also encouraged to name your adopted terrapin(s)! All funds raised through the Terrapin Adoption Programme will be used to carry out river and painted terrapin conservation projects in the future.

A few terrapin hatchlings in water
To participate in our Terrapin Adoption Programme, please:

1. Fill up the Terrapin Adoption Form below.

2. Remit payment. Our bank account details are as follows:

Name: Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia
Bank: CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad
Acc. No.: 860 316 3577
Email: [email protected]. Email us your proof of payment for our records.

For international adoptions, you may send the funds to the following PayPal account:
Name: Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia
Email: [email protected]

If you require a tax-deductible receipt, please provide your full address below.
Tick this box if this adoption is a gift for a family or friend.
Each adoption is RM35. Please add RM10 for shipping of physical certificate.
Note: Our “Terrapin Adoption Programme” is a symbolic gesture in an effort to raise funds for turtle conservation in Malaysia. Adopters do NOT get to bring home a terrapin. And at the end of the day, ALL terrapins will be released into the river, regardless of whether they get “adopted.” :)