Batu Batu’s turtle hatchery
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