Batu Batu’s turtle hatch­ery

Holiday with Kids - - Malaysia -

Heather explains that the re­sort’s owner, Dato Chua, grew up lo­cally and is a na­ture en­thu­si­ast. She beams: “It’s re­ally nice hav­ing own­ers that are so pas­sion­ate about con­ser­va­tion and re­ally pre­pared to fund it.”

Eggs laid on the re­sort’s beach­front are safely in the pub­lic eye. But dur­ing 2014, eggs on the un­in­hab­ited beaches were be­ing poached. With the per­mis­sion of the Malaysian De­part­ment of Marine Parks, Dato Chua com­mis­sioned a turtle hatch­ery. Eggs are re­lo­cated in­side a fenced area and re­buried in the sand. Two months later they hatch and are im­me­di­ately re­leased.

Batu Batu also of­fers to buy turtle eggs from poach­ers pay­ing the same rates asked for in the mar­kets and now re­ceives eggs from many nearby is­lands. By the end of 2016, the re­sort had re­leased ap­prox­i­mately 7000 turtle hatch­lings into the ocean.

Need­ing more man­power to watch over so many tur­tles, Batu Batu started the Turtle Watch Camp. Around 18 vol­un­teers from all over the world are ac­com­mo­dated at the camp and join in the turtle con­ser­va­tion work, mon­i­tor­ing nests and gath­er­ing data. Mov­ing

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