Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project

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Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project

Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
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Maeve S
1 contribution
Mar 2022
Volunteering

I had originally booked two weeks volunteering with the project but I enjoyed my self so much that I stayed for an additional week. And I could really stay forever. Dudley and his family make the experience. Nothing was ever too much trouble and they would all go above and beyond to ensure each volunteer has everything they need.

As an Animal Science in the UK I wanted to see first hand conservation work and feel part of making a difference. I feel like I have achieved this. Not only have I buried eggs and released hundreds of babies whilst volunteering at the sanctuary , I have also spent a lot of time giving tours which has not only improved my knowledge on Sea Turtles but also means I have spoken to lots of people about the importance of conserving these amazing wild animals.

The main message of the project is conservation and sustaining and improving wild populations. By educating the public, carrying out beach cleans, burying eggs so that they can hatch safely. And releasing babies, means the project is making a big difference to wild population numbers.

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Staying at the project really felt like a home away from home. The accommodation is clean with air con, Wifi and lovely social area and garden. The food was traditional Sri Lankan meals, which I will be cooking when I get home, which included breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The trip was my first adventure alone and meant I was very anxious at being in a new place. I definitely didn't need to be as anxious as I was! And I really do feel like part of the family and will be returning at any chance I can. The staff were friendly and so helpful and it has ben so enjoyable meeting and working with different people.

Meeting the other volunteers has also been a great experience and i have also made a best friend for life. Along with lots of other friends. And I am so grateful to have shared this life changing experience with them, where i have made unforgettable memories.

I will miss the entire family so much. And i am already looking forward to returning. Dudley and his family are doing wonderful things, not only in the sanctuary and the wild population numbers but also to the volunteers they welcome in. The family really do make the experience. Along with providing the chance to play a big part in the conservation of endangered Sea Turtles.
Written 14 April 2022
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Esther A
4 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
I volunteered at this project for a month and it was the best experience!

I was travelling alone in Sri Lanka but immediately Dudley and his family made me feel so welcome at the project and I settled in straight away. I felt so cared for, the food was incredible and it is a lovely living environment for volunteers.

The volunteer house was clean, very close to the sanctuary and felt very homely! Beds were comfortable and I slept very well.

As a volunteer we also participated in regular beach cleans which was great as it felt good to actively take care of where the mother turtles were coming and laying their eggs, making a difference in their safety and conservation of their environment.

As a visitor, you get to see how well the turtles are cared for, whether they are older rescues or baby turtles that have hatched and will be released back into the wild. I would definitely recommend booking to release baby turtles which was very popular for tourists and is such an amazing experience as it is done in the evening and the sunsets are incredibly beautiful!

Thank you all so much for making my time here so amazing! I enjoyed every second and will definitely be returning.
Written 14 April 2022
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Tagstar69
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Family
This sea turtle conservation centre is doing great things to ensure that the injured and resued turtles live out their lives as comfortably as possible. The actual centre looks a bit rundown but it's all run on charity donations from visitors and I honestly believe that the people working there love the turtles immensely.
It's worth a visit to fall in love with the guests that are lucky enough to be rescued and cared for in this place.
Then there's the little newly hatched turtles that are adorable too.
Altogether a lovely experience and definitely worth a visit to experience these majestic beauties. Any donations are helping to keep this project on track and ensuring there is help at hand for any needy guests...
Tagimuri Clan from Cumbria UK...
Written 3 January 2022
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nir0sh
Colombo, Sri Lanka911 contributions
Aug 2020
Sea Turtles are one of threatened species of the world. Southern costal line is a common place for laying eggs by sea turtles. Victor Hasselblad sea turtle conservation place is the first most sea turtle conservation place in Sri Lanka started in 1978.
It is a good place to experience hatchlings and sea turtles.
Written 18 July 2021
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Bhaskar_10
New Delhi, India2,395 contributions
Feb 2020
Visited on 21 February 2020

The turtle conservation project undertaken by Sri Lankan Govt. is commendable and many organizations have come forward to support the cause. Well funded both by the local govt as well as by global fund raising the project is a success.

The hatcheries have trained workers and they keep records of the conservation work done year on year.

We visited one of the hatcheries and found the experience very satisfying.

Support this environmental cause.
Written 26 April 2020
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Martin C
Petersfield, UK722 contributions
Mar 2020
This place is well worth a visit to see real conservation in action. From hatching to release, these guys are very careful to preserve as many Turtles as they can.

As well as the whole process of hatching and releasing Turtles, there are a lot of other things to understand about the work here.

Please make a visit, buy your ticket (and if possible make a donation) to make sure that this vital work continues.
Written 21 March 2020
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Jodie - Australia
1 contribution
Feb 2020
Dudley began this operation as a young man over 30 years ago and he, his family and a small team run the sanctuary with dedication and efficiency. This includes encouraging locals to bring the eggs to them where they receive a fee per egg to give them a chance rather to survive rather than selling them at the markets for food. The work they and other sanctuaries in the area are doing for sea turtle conservation is amazing. We were told by one visitor that this is the best one in the area.

I was as a volunteer for a week and was involved in all aspects of turtle care and conservation and seeing all aspects of the life cycle of these amazing creatures. I also helped out with general maintenance and showed tourists and school groups around to share the plight of these amazing sea creatures and the ongoing conservation efforts. It was a truly rewarding experience.

It is a very well run sanctuary and I encourage you to visit (or volunteer) which helps contribute to their work.
Written 15 March 2020
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Samantha H
10 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
My dad and I went on a spontaneous trip here and were the only ones to be there at the time. The main guy Santha is only too pleased to show you around personally and gives great explanations of all the turtles, history and the conservation work they do.
They are doing vital work to protect baby turtles from being eaten / killed and gives them best chance of survival before they are then released back into the ocean. They are also caring for disabled older turtles who would die in the wild on their own. It costs a LOT to run the project every day and every visit / donation is visit - please visit if you get a chance!
Also some lovely dogs to see who they also rescued :) as a dog lover - this was a bonus!
It is wonderful to see that there are some good people out there trying their best to do what they can for animals and conservation - it is NOT easy! And a full time life work!! Admiration !!
Written 12 February 2020
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Catherine V
65 contributions
Jan 2020
This is an educational experience that shows you why conservation of turtle species is required, the impacts of plastic in our oceans etc. You see at close hand a number of turtle species, I saw day old turtle hatchlings. I was a little bit concerned about holding one because I did not want to cause any distress to the turtle but trusted the guide. The part of the project that impressed me the most was the care provided for disabled turtles, either those born with shell deformities or one blind turtle who required hand feeding and those with injuries caused by fishing methods etc.
Please choose to visit this project rather than those facilities just there to allow tourists contact with turtles. The tuk tuk drivers all have their preferred projects relating to commission they receive so please ask for this specific project if you are in the area, only 500 rupees to enter.
Written 23 January 2020
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Sofie Bøgeskov
5 contributions
Jan 2020
I would highly recommend to visit the conservation project when you visit Sri Lanka. It is amazing to see and hear what they do for the turtles! The guides were very nice and good with the explanations!
I think I‘ve learned alot about turtles after the visit. Gogogo
Written 22 January 2020
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