The collection and consumption of river terrapin eggs, coupled with habitat destruction and the use of indiscriminate fishing gears, have caused the drastic decline of the river terrapin populations in Malaysia. Realising the need to take immediate action to prevent their extinction, we began to study their nesting biology, ecology and movements patterns. In 2011, we initiated a community-based terrapin conservation project with a local community in Kemaman, Terengganu.
This is Pak Wazel. He is 56 years old this year. He has 10 children and 9 grandchildren. His youngest son is now 17 years old.
Pak Wazel originates from Kuala Berang, about 2 hours from Kemaman. He was an odd-job worker before settling down in Kg. Pasir Gajah and starting a family. But because he was from a different village, he was regarded as a “nobody” here. A few years ago, when asked about him, local villagers would say, “Wazel? Which Wazel?”
But after joining our terrapin conservation project, he is now known, not only in this village, but also in other communities, as “Wazel Tuntung” (Wazel the Terrapin Guy). This terrapin conservation project in Kg. Pasir Gajah has indirectly given him “an identity.”
Number of female terrapins micro-chipped since 2011
Number of terrapin eggs saved from human consumption
Number of terrapin hatchlings produced
Number of terrapin hatchlings released
Our outreach programmes are designed to communicate the “science” of our river terrapin research and conservation project to the public. Our educational trips will not only appeal to college/ university students and their lecturers, but also to parents who are keen to provide their children an opportunity to explore nature. By participating in our hands-on activities, you could make an impact to the local communities through your CSR programmes.
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WHAT OTHERS SAY
Pelf, you set the standard for educational tours, both informative and fun. Engaging too. Keep it up! Wish you every success!
We highly recommend the Turtle Discovery Trip. We loved it! Thanks to Dr. Chen and her intern Tyng Tyng, their explanations were clear and in detail, we learned to protect this critically endangered species better.
Now my cheeky daughter could explain to me the differences between sea and freshwater turtles :)
Once again, thanks to TCS!
THANK YOU to Pelf and the team from the Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia!
The presentations that you shared with the Year 6 students were insightful and pitched perfectly. They were engaging and interactive. You were able to answer their questions and linked their recent experiences to your talk perfectly!
“Nature Club” also found your guidance invaluable – we have now changed the way we feed and care for our terrapins and tortoises!
We would love to have you back again! Thank you!
It’s such a fantabulous trip! Your programme is amazing! Thank you for going above and beyond to relate back to the kids’ lesson in Science class. Your hospitality to us is nothing short of amazing. We will be back for sure!
A big thank you from the both of us! We are huge reptile fans but this experience has brought us up-close and personal with turtles and terrapins and we will be back! Keep on doing that amazing work you do!
SHOP WITH US
These batiks are hand-printed by the makciks (ladies) in the small-and-medium industry. Available in single-print and multi-print.
These little pouches are handmade by a makcik from Kg. Pasir Gajah. She is also the mother of one of our Terrapin Guardians, Zul.
Wildlife-themed playing cards
“Games On The Go” is the perfect family travel game. Play any classic card game with this deck featuring adorable – but critically endangered – wildlife of the Malaysian forests. These cards are produced by Happy Go KL and proceeds are donated to TCS to save turtles!