In a world where marine species are severely threatened, it is heartening to see individuals making a difference; one such story is that of the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project (KSTCP) in Sri Lanka.
Origins of the Project
This project was initiated by Dudley Perera in 1988 and he still runs it with the help of his family. Dudley who initially funded the project himself, continues his mission to protect local nesting sites, monitor turtle activity and spread the message of conservation. Local blog sites the likes of Travel Kalutara offer more information on this project.
Planning A Visit
KSTCP can be found along the Galle Road in the town of Kosgoda and is quite well known along the south coast. In fact, one of the popular things to do in Kalutara, Sri Lanka is to plan an excursion to this site which is generally open from 08:30am to 05:30pm.
What To Expect
At the KSTCP one can see the hatchery where collected and rescued eggs are kept safely till they hatch away from the threat of predators. Some of the hatchlings are temporarily kept at the sanctuary for a brief period before being released (the process is called “headstarting”). Depending on when you visit, you could also witness hatchlings being released out to sea! (there is no set date for releases, though it generally takes place at around 06:15pm)
Good to Know
For those curious to know what species of turtles can be found in Sri Lanka;
- Olive Ridley Turtle
- Green Turtle
- Hawksbill Turtle
- Leatherback Turtle
- Loggerhead Turtle