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Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Kosgoda
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Visit Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project for an educational and insightful tour of the turtle sanctuary and preservation project. This program, which started in 1988, aims to conserve local nesting sites, which are endangered by humans and predators, as well as monitoring the diminishing sea turtle activity in the area. The sanctuary has a large hatchery for rescued and collected eggs. After taking a tour and learning about all of the different species found in the area, you can take part in releasing the turtles into the ocean. The program relies solely on fundraising and donations, so if you choose to take part in the turtle release, you'll usually be asked to pay a small fee. Plan to visit Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project during your Kosgoda vacation using our convenient Kosgoda family vacation planner.
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  • Here you can see turtles and small and quite large, hold their hands. Very interesting and informative
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  • It was maybe a 20 min visit where a local man took us around the unit showed us new hatched turtles to the ones ready for release at day 3. We saw the various disabled and injured turtles and listened...  more »
  • we enjoyed our visit very much and had a lot of information given to us. we had a good guide whom explained a lot, very informative 
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  • Visited September 2016. Not much turtles were there.. some tanks were empty.. may be they have a palning.. worth for ticket price..
  • Dear Visitors, Welcome to the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation project! Back in 1988 we started our project. We’re very proud to be able to say that we are one of the first conservation projects in Sri Lanka. Since that time we have become famous nationally and internationally for the real conservation work this project performs. At our centre it is possible to learn how we conserve these animals that are currently on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Conserving the turtle population helps to maintain the health of the coral reefs and sea grass beds which benefit commercially valuable species such as shrimp lobster and tuna. Turtles also provide tourism value and have major cultural significance. Our main conservation effort involves purchasing eggs from illegal egg collectors, who take the eggs from nests created by the female turtles. We rebury the eggs and protect them until they hatch, before releasing them into their natural habitat - the Ocean. The work we do here is a continuous and ongoing job ensuring the future prosperity of the turtle population for our children, and our children’s children to enjoy. Whilst at our centre please enjoy the turtles, but please be mindful of the wellbeing of the turtles. 1. Please avoid touching or holding the turtles as they have very delicate skin which can be easily irritated by any naturally occurring oils or chemicals we have on our hands, such as perfumes, creams, sun tan lotions, etc. The turtles also have a very strong and sharp bite, don’t let one of your fingers be an easy snack! 2. Please do not feed the turtles, they have a carefully controlled diet and are fed regularly. 3. Flash photography is very disturbing for the turtles, please check the flash is turned off as you enter the centre and before taking any pictures. We greatly appreciate your contribution by visiting our project. It is important to choose real conservation projects to visit such as ours where all funds received are used on the conservation aims. Thank you, Dudley Perera. Manager
  • Came here as part of our trip & it was really nice. It's a conservation project where they're helping populate turtles back to the sea. You're able to hold the 3 day old turtles, a larger turtle & see some of the ones kept in (for disability reasons).
  • I volunteered here in September with a couple friends. The whole experience was amazing and it was such a hands on project. You really are part of the conservation of sea turtles and have the chance to work with all different types of turtles native to Sri Lanka and of all ages. All the staff involved in the project were so welcoming and helpful. The food was delicious, the accommodation was simple, and the location was beautiful. Definitely would recommend and hope to go again in the future.
  • Loved it. 4 types of turtle were there at the time with 2 types of bay turtles also.