Tur­tle Con­ser­va­tion Pro­gram

Con­serv­ing baby tur­tles at the Ritz-carl­ton, Bali

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Imag­ine watch­ing a baby tur­tle as it crawls and slides over the sand un­til it reaches the ocean and with a splash of its tiny flip­pers be­gins life in the ocean. Wit­ness­ing a crea­ture in that mag­i­cal mo­ment when it finds free­dom is a joy­ful ex­pe­ri­ence and guests at The Ritz-carl­ton, Bali are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the ho­tel's on­go­ing tur­tle con­ser­va­tion pro­gram.

Tur­tle Re­lease events are par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar with the re­sort's younger guests and the Ritz Kids Club buzzes with ex­cite­ment dur­ing hatch sea­son, with tur­tle themed dec­o­ra­tions and the op­por­tu­nity to learn about the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing sea tur­tles and the en­vi­ron­ment. En­cour­ag­ing the chil­dren to be an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in the re­lease of tur­tles is an ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence and mem­ory they will never for­get.

Each year, nest­ing sea tur­tles flock to the pris­tine white sand beach of The Ritz-carl­ton, Bali to lay their eggs. The

hatch­lings face many preda­tors, and the re­sort is ded­i­cated to pro­tect­ing these in­cred­i­ble crea­tures that are crit­i­cally en­dan­gered. Work­ing in con­junc­tion with the Bali Sea Tur­tle So­ci­ety, ev­ery­one looks out for the ar­rival of sea tur­tles on the shore. Once the eggs are laid, a fence is erected around the nest, and when the baby hatch­lings emerge, they are trans­ferred to a safe “tem­po­rary home” where they are guarded from preda­tors around the clock. When they are deemed strong enough, they are then re­leased to the nour­ish­ing waters of the In­dian Ocean.

Guests of all ages are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate, and chil­dren are given unique ‘front row’ priv­i­leges as they race to the ocean along­side the tur­tles, wit­ness­ing first-hand the wonders of na­ture and the pos­i­tive re­sults of con­ser­va­tion projects. The con­ser­va­tion pro­gram is run in tan­dem with the Ritz­carl­ton Com­mu­nity Foot­prints pro­gram, a brand-wide so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity strat­egy. Sea tur­tle hatch­ing sea­son in Bali is from March to Septem­ber each year and guests are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate when­ever there is an ac­tive hatch.

The Ritz-carl­ton, Bali

Baby Tur­tle ready to be re­leased

Tur­tle Con­ser­va­tion

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