Sea Turtle Hatchery, Ambalangoda

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  • There are several sköldpaddsfarmer along the coast that is trying to save the five species found in Sri Lanka (all are endangered). We visited the farm at Ambalangoda during a round trip by tuk-tuk in the area. This collects the eggs and hatch them in sand beds. Most of the young turtles are released directly into the Sea (where most unfortunately become fish food). Some are bred further time, noticeable and are released into the sea and they have a better chance to survive. Sick and injured turtles are also taken care of, too many sets itself and loses the ability to dive. Tourist attraction or serious commitment? I'm leaning toward the latter. Sure, the basins of small, specific costs the entrance and some kept wild animals in captivity, but what is the alternative? Maybe best to let farms, often with volunteer workers, do her.
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  • The farm is good but here is the truth man who kept telling us he showed us all running and for 5-10 minutes we didn't have time to do a photo then went and there are still times inspected and done photo! Bugs charm especially small) Sovemuem to visit)
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  • Our family loved this place so much we visited twice during the week we were in Ambalangoda. The children (and us!) learned so much about turtles during our visits, and it was amazing to see the work ...  more »
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  • I have the impression that they act well with the animals. They get the eggs, bread the eggs in the sand. And after 2,5 month the turtles leave the eggs. 5 days later, in the night, the small turtles are released. It would be nice if the conservators were more pro-active for explaining to the visitors.
  • Short tour (30 minutes approx) is informative and the guide was very friendly and answered our questions well. Our tour was in English but it appeared you could get the tour in other languages (our guide spoke some Russian). We paid extra in order to release a baby turtle which had been born in the hatchery. They also had a number of turtles which they were tending to until they were well enough to be released back to the sea.
  • This is a scam, the people who run this are liars and con artists. They do not care about turtles and are in fact contributing to the species demise They have turtles in tiny tanks that are fit and healthy and should be released. They lie about the length of time turtles have been there. The business model is to buy eggs from locals wait until they hatch and then release them 5 at a time for 1500SLR. What this does is A. Encourage people to dig up turtle nests to sell to the hatchery B. The fact that they are releasing 5 turtles at a time means that there is no safety in numbers and easy picking for predators when eventually released. They let people touch and handle the poor turtles for photo ops and it really was really such a sad thing to see.
  • Though informative.. But could not ascertain honest purpose of hatchery
  • A cool place to check out for a few minutes. Some really good efforts being carried out by the people to help conserve the sea turtles. A great way to support the efforts by entering this site
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