Tanjong Jara Resort and Lang Tengah Turtle Watch Conservation Initiative receives overwhelming support in its first year of operations.
One year since its official launch, the Lang Tengah Turtle Watch at Tanjong Jara Resort continues to receive encouraging support from the public. To date, 111 nests with a combined total of 10,644 eggs have been saved. As a result, 4,920 endangered Green Turtle hatchlings have been released and an additional 16 hatchlings of the critically endangered Painted Terrapin species have also been successfully released.
In its first year, the nest adoption program has been very well received, with guests of Tanjong Jara Resort pledging to save over 80 turtle nests. Due to its popularity, the project has had to build a third hatchery to meet this demand, with the hatchery currently having a waiting list of 33 adoptees.
In keeping with the YTL Hotels ethos and to further fortify conservation efforts, community clean ups were also undertaken in September, 2016 and July, 2017. With help from 240 members of the local schools and community, the resort managed to collect over 1,350 kilograms of rubbish and waste along the 3.2 kilometre stretch of coastline fronting Tanjong Jara Resort.
Guests of the resort are invited to attend nest inspections, which are conducted at least once every three days during the peak season (May to October). Those keen to get directly involved can pledge to save a nest through the adoption program. Pledgers will receive photographic progress updates and an invitation to return to the resort to witness the hatching of the nests. Conservation efforts such as this collaboration are vital to not only prevent the extinction of these majestic sea turtles but also to ensure that the integrity of the natural environment is protected.