In keeping with the YTL Hotels ethos, Tanjong Jara Resort has continually aspired to embrace a proactive role in preserving the beauty of its natural environment, better protect the local wildlife and raise awareness for sustainable seafood choices.
In an exclusive partnership with Lang Tengah Turtle Watch, a new conservation unit and turtle hatchery was unveiled on 2 July 2016 with the launch marked by the release of hatchlings at 9pm. The turtle hatchery, located on the beach fronting Tanjong Jara Resort, offers guests the opportunity to discover more about these magnificent creatures, learn about the dangers they face and the conservation efforts made to protect their hatchlings from poachers, and return them to their natural habitat in the sea. A nest adoption programme is also available, where guests’ pledges will save a nest from poachers preventing them from being sold as food at the marketplace.
Founded three years ago, Lang Tengah Turtle Watch exemplifies what can be achieved when enterprising private owners and corporations use their independence to take control of a conservation issue on their own property, yet are open to multifaceted external resources; welcoming others in collaboration – and thereby drawing in experience, knowledge, ecological expertise and finance.
Having released over 8,000 turtle hatchlings since its inception, 300 of which were critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles, Lang Tengah Turtle Watch is now expanding its operations to the mainland of Terengganu in a joint initiative with YTL Hotels’ award-winning Tanjong Jara Resort. The turtle hatchery, constructed using a simple wooden trellis, allowed guests a view of the nests whilst keeping predators at bay. Guests had the opportunity to discover more about the lives of these majestic creatures and witnessed the emergence of hatchlings by night. To date, this new project has seen the release of 693 hatchlings from 9 out of the current 24 nests, with many more to come!
Guests are also able to subscribe to a nest adoption programme, whereby a pledge of either AUD $100 (MYR300) for a clutch of 50-99 turtle eggs or AUD $167 (MYR500) for 100-150 turtle eggs, will save a nest from being sold as food to the marketplace. Guests that are part of this programme will receive regular email updates with photographic progress reports and an invitation to return to the resort to witness the hatching of their nest.
YTL Hotels has constantly been in support of conservation initiatives through its luxury properties with Resident Naturalists and a Marine Biologist helming the ecological endeavours. Lang Tengah Turtle Watch, which strives to protect the magnificent sea turtles by monitoring turtle landings and saving their eggs from poachers, is delighted to be working with Tanjong Jara Resort, as both recognise that tourism, if properly implemented, can play a large role in the conservation of these endangered sea turtles from supporting eco-friendly initiatives to spreading environmental awareness.