Kudat Turtle Conservation Society (KTCS) was founded in 2011 and has since been working with the local coastal communities in protecting the sea turtles, their nesting beach and foraging area. The two main species nesting in Kudat beach are the Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). Rarely we encountered nesting Olive Ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea). Our mission is making Kudat coastal area a safe haven for the sea turtle population to thrive and ensure their survival through local communities participation in the protection of their habitat through active enforcement, awareness, education and research.
ASAP Species That We Work On
What We Do
KTCS is predominantly run by volunteers. We work closely with the coastal communities in Kudat, the local universities, NGOs/CBOs, and the government authorities to protect the nesting beaches as well as the foraging ground of the sea turtles population in Kudat. Apart from that we are also promoting the conservation of sea turtles to the general public including the schools, and private sectors.
Our activities include rescuing and transferring sea turtle eggs to the hatchery to protect them from predators and poachers. In order to ensure the safety of the eggs and the nesting sea turtles, our patrollers patrol the beach every night, especially during the peak nesting season. In order to increase community participation in sea turtle conservation, we help the communities to organize turtle hatchlings release as part of eco-tourism activity, which in turn help the communities earn income from sea turtle protection. We also assist local universities in sea turtle research that can provide information to improve conservation practices in the long run.
Where We Work
District of Kudat, Sabah, Malaysia