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“Turtles, cuddles, feeding, protection and support - great!”

Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
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Private Day Tour: Coastal Ride to Galle from...
Reviewed 10 June 2014

Amazing - we got to help hatchlings get out of the sand and place in the safety of the nurturing tanks to feed them. The guides were so passionate about protecting and helping turtles, we love it here and may well stay to volunteer here. Educational and charity-reliant, please give generously. Within the sanctuary of the specially constructed hatchery, collected and rescued eggs can hatch safely away from predators, before being released into the sea at night-time. In order to protect the less able hatchlings, a certain number from each hatching group are kept back for a short period for 'head-starting' before release. The hatchery program is designed to maximise the number of hatchlings reaching the sea and surviving through the critical stages of their early life. Sadly, only a few from each batch will ever make it to adulthood. For this exact reason, every nest-ground, every egg, every hatchling and every turtle is crucial to the survival of the species, and maximising survival is what the staff and volunteers at the project strive to achieve. The project also helps maintain and keep the local beaches clear, ensuring they provide ideal turtle-laying conditions and protecting vital nesting-grounds..

Thank H-SOldham
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Fascinating facility where one can see the eggs (buried in sand, awaiting hatching); the new hatchlings in one pool (till their eyes open and belly-buttons heal at 3 days, you can't pick them up) and then the 3-day olds awaiting release into the ocean.
There's also a number of disabled turtles which are kept as they wouldn't survive. Some have twisted shells, one is blind.
Got to hold turtles and an egg.
Also they have a very tempting souvenir shop - we are now the proud owners of a turtle front door mat!

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

The hatchery was very educational. You can see what good work they are doing to help with conservation and education among the fishing population. We saw baby turtles being released into the sea.

Thank mpsm
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

This place is between Bentota and Galle. It's a turtle conservation project. The entry is 500 SLR and a guide will take you through all the stages of turtle growth from eggs to full fledged turtles and they say after a certain age they are released in the open sea. You can touch turtles, hold them and click pics. It was an informative tour, didn't know so much about turtles before. You can even see albino turtles. The whole tour was not more than 20-25 mins unless you spend time taking pics. I think it's worth a visit. I like how they are concerned about turtles and running conservation projects.

For pics visit my blog http://travelzandstories.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/a-walk-through-galle-district/

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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Well worth dropping into. They are doing great things here, and it was well run and great to get to hold hundreds of turtles.

Thank Gilkeses
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