Ahungalla – Galle
€ 475 Euros Per Week
Sea Turtle Conservation
Turtle Conservation, Explore the pristine blue waters and white sands of Ahungalle and take part in conserving sea turtles!
We are located a few steps away from the Indian Ocean which is famous for the sea turtle nesting grounds. Many of the species are becoming extinct due to various environmental factors. You will be a part of the community involved in the conservation of marine life and its habitat.
Our conservation program in the South Srilankan beach of Ahungalle is one of the only 9 disabled turtle conservations in the island. Our program is certified by the Sri Lankan government as the only disabled turtle conservation project in the country.
This program focuses on the rehabilitation of wounded turtles whether by humans, garbage or trash. Several turtles in the coasts of Sri Lanka are found hurt and without the ability to survive on their own.
There are 7 species of turtles that live in the world and out of that, 5 species of turtles live in the Indian Ocean. Our program breeds and cares for 4 different species of turtles that live in the Indian Ocean: Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Green and Olive Ridley. There are around 30 disabled turtles living in the centre and in a separate centre we hatch hundreds of turtle eggs to be released to the ocean when born. The purpose of this organization is to give these marine animals an opportunity to survive in a safe and healthy environment. Sea Turtles are known to live for around 150 years.
Helping and conserving these turtles is our highest priority. Smoking or drinking any sort of liquids as well as using sunscreen or chemicals on the parts of the skin that touches the water or turtle is strictly forbidden during project hours. Participants with open injuries in their hands should not work with turtles as infections may occur. The coordinators have a lot of experience in caring for these animals, so we ask to follow every instruction knowing it is in the turtle’s best interest.
Aims & Objectives
The aim of this project is to conserve turtles by directly taking care of the turtles, enhancing awareness among fishermen and the communities regarding turtle conservation and increasing the number of turtles in the ocean by releasing baby hatchlings to the sea.