PMGY’s Turtle Conversation project in Sri Lanka is an incredible opportunity to do your bit to help protect these incredible creatures whilst spending time in a country that will amaze you on so many levels.
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Many of these disabled turtles are found by local Sri Lankans who bring them to the project site for rehabilitation and care.
The programme aims to provide daily care and rehabilitation for the disabled turtles with the long term goal to release back to the wild as well as protecting turtle eggs that have been stolen by local poachers.
He flashed me a smile, picked up the phone and I presumed was calling for one of the girls from the beauty spa to come and collect me.
Instead, another guy turned up in uniform and took over his bar duties.
He said follow me and led me to the hut where massages were conducted.
The guy was dark skinned, had a smile to die for, and was bigger built than most Sri Lankans but not an ounce of fat on him.
Turtles are under threat in Sri Lanka and volunteers are really needed to help out with conservation efforts.
I wandered down to the bar area and asked the barman – the only member of staff around – if it was possible to book a massage.
He asked when and I said now if possible, seeing as there were so few guests in the hotel.
We arrived at a hotel in Habanara about 5pm to visit the sites the next day; it was a nice modern hotel but as it was out of season, and earily very quiet.
The journey from our beach base had been quite hard – 4.5 hours in a minibus so I checked into my room and prepared to have a nap before dinner.
Beginning from the orientation, participants will learn how to collect eggs, identify different kinds of turtles, how eggs hatch, how to treat turtles, how to send turtles back to the sea and so much more.