Located close to the Indian Ocean, the sea turtle nesting grounds are in close proximity to the project centre! While at the project, you will be able to experience these beautiful creatures close up as you assist in the rescuing of injured turtles, treating of them and where possible returning them to their natural habitat. Those that are not able to be returned themselves are kept at the centre to reproduce and their offspring are released into the ocean. There are only 9 conservation projects on the beach of Ambalangoda and this is one of them. Turtles can become wounded through human interactions whether directly, or indirectly through littering or travelling.
Out of 7 species of turtles, 5 of them are native to this area. All these 5 species, the Leatherback, Loggerhead, Hauxville, Green and Olive Ridley are cared for at the centre. The project has no commercial interest but is purely interested in the conservation of turtles, which are known to live for between 200 and 300 years. Work on the project is taken very seriously so it is imperative that participants adhere to all rules at all times. Smoking and drinking are forbidden, as are liquids such as sunscreen on the parts of your body that could come into contact with the turtles.
Monday to Friday
Activities throughout the week will be varied and dependent on the needs of the turtles as well as the weather conditions on the beach. However, the main aim of the project is to maximise participants’ interactions with these magnificent creatures. You will need to be hard-working and willing to complete tasks to keep the centre and the turtles’ environment clean. As well as assisting with the feeding of the animals, you’ll also be involved in releasing over 100 new turtles into the ocean – a weekly activity at the centre!