Kudat Turtle Conservation Society
District of Kudat, Sabah, Malaysia
Turtles, Protection of marine life, Marine conservation awareness and education. Beach cleanups
KTCS works with the local coastal communities in protecting the sea turtles, their nesting beach and foraging area. The two main species nesting in Kudat beach are the Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). They aim is making Kudat coastal area a safe haven for the sea turtle population to thrive and ensure their survival through local communities participation in the protection of their habitat through active enforcement, awareness, education and research. They collaborate with other organisations such as Sabah Parks, WWF-Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Sabah and Universiti Malaya, as well as local communities to protect and conserve the sea turtles. KTCS also concentrates on public awareness and education, which they believe is one of the key pillars in environmental change. Beach clean-ups, environmental awareness talks at schools and villages, as well as establishing eco-tourism activities on sea turtle conservation are just some of the ways they achieve this.