Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project

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Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project

Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
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nir0sh
Colombo, Sri Lanka763 contributions
A good place to visit
Aug 2020
Sea Turtles are one of threatened species of the world. Southern costal line is a common place for laying eggs by sea turtles. Victor Hasselblad sea turtle conservation place is the first most sea turtle conservation place in Sri Lanka started in 1978.
It is a good place to experience hatchlings and sea turtles.
Written 18 July 2021
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Bhaskar_10
New Delhi, India2,268 contributions
Commendable and Relevant Effort
Feb 2020
Visited on 21 February 2020

The turtle conservation project undertaken by Sri Lankan Govt. is commendable and many organizations have come forward to support the cause. Well funded both by the local govt as well as by global fund raising the project is a success.

The hatcheries have trained workers and they keep records of the conservation work done year on year.

We visited one of the hatcheries and found the experience very satisfying.

Support this environmental cause.
Written 26 April 2020
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Martin and Sue C
Petersfield, UK722 contributions
Great Conservation Project
Mar 2020
This place is well worth a visit to see real conservation in action. From hatching to release, these guys are very careful to preserve as many Turtles as they can.

As well as the whole process of hatching and releasing Turtles, there are a lot of other things to understand about the work here.

Please make a visit, buy your ticket (and if possible make a donation) to make sure that this vital work continues.
Written 21 March 2020
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Jodie - Australia
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Volunteering at the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Feb 2020
Dudley began this operation as a young man over 30 years ago and he, his family and a small team run the sanctuary with dedication and efficiency. This includes encouraging locals to bring the eggs to them where they receive a fee per egg to give them a chance rather to survive rather than selling them at the markets for food. The work they and other sanctuaries in the area are doing for sea turtle conservation is amazing. We were told by one visitor that this is the best one in the area.

I was as a volunteer for a week and was involved in all aspects of turtle care and conservation and seeing all aspects of the life cycle of these amazing creatures. I also helped out with general maintenance and showed tourists and school groups around to share the plight of these amazing sea creatures and the ongoing conservation efforts. It was a truly rewarding experience.

It is a very well run sanctuary and I encourage you to visit (or volunteer) which helps contribute to their work.
Written 15 March 2020
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Samantha H
9 contributions
Wonderful visit! Learnt loads and great work being done here
Feb 2020 • Family
My dad and I went on a spontaneous trip here and were the only ones to be there at the time. The main guy Santha is only too pleased to show you around personally and gives great explanations of all the turtles, history and the conservation work they do.
They are doing vital work to protect baby turtles from being eaten / killed and gives them best chance of survival before they are then released back into the ocean. They are also caring for disabled older turtles who would die in the wild on their own. It costs a LOT to run the project every day and every visit / donation is visit - please visit if you get a chance!
Also some lovely dogs to see who they also rescued :) as a dog lover - this was a bonus!
It is wonderful to see that there are some good people out there trying their best to do what they can for animals and conservation - it is NOT easy! And a full time life work!! Admiration !!
Written 12 February 2020
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Catherine V
53 contributions
Positive real conservation at work
Jan 2020
This is an educational experience that shows you why conservation of turtle species is required, the impacts of plastic in our oceans etc. You see at close hand a number of turtle species, I saw day old turtle hatchlings. I was a little bit concerned about holding one because I did not want to cause any distress to the turtle but trusted the guide. The part of the project that impressed me the most was the care provided for disabled turtles, either those born with shell deformities or one blind turtle who required hand feeding and those with injuries caused by fishing methods etc.
Please choose to visit this project rather than those facilities just there to allow tourists contact with turtles. The tuk tuk drivers all have their preferred projects relating to commission they receive so please ask for this specific project if you are in the area, only 500 rupees to enter.
Written 23 January 2020
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Sofie Bøgeskov
5 contributions
Amazing
Jan 2020
I would highly recommend to visit the conservation project when you visit Sri Lanka. It is amazing to see and hear what they do for the turtles! The guides were very nice and good with the explanations!
I think I‘ve learned alot about turtles after the visit. Gogogo
Written 22 January 2020
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leanneb311
Brisbane, Australia32 contributions
If you love turtles, this is a must do!
Jan 2020
An amazing facility whose goal is to increase turtle numbers in Sri Lanka by collecting the turtle eggs laid on the beach and reburying them in safer sands until they hatch. They keep the baby turtles for a couple of days before being released back to the ocean. The facility also houses the injured turtles until they are well again (injuries caused by fishing nets, predators etc) and makes a home for the deformed and permanently injured turtles.
We were allowed to hold a baby turtle and see an albino turtle.
I would definitely recommend a visit if you are on the West Coast.
Written 16 January 2020
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Amy C
Perth, Australia149 contributions
Very cute
Dec 2019
Amazing project. Doing great things for the turtles in the area. Worth a visit if you are passing by. We stopped by on our way from Negombo to Galle. We were lucky enough to touch the baby turtles (1-3 days old).
Written 11 January 2020
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Tom B
Prague, Czech Republic8 contributions
Amazing project
Jan 2020
I'm glad that i was able to visit this amazing place.
Please keep your work going.
I bet it's hard to run place like this in Sri Lanka
Written 10 January 2020
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