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Mohamed bin Zayed Species project number 13251256

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 13251256) - Painted Terrapin - Awarded $10,000 on December 20, 2013

Satucita Foundation is a small foundation who established to study and conserve freshwater turtles and tortoises in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Currently we are working to save Painted Terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) in Aceh Tamiang District, Indonesia. This critically endangered species is facing threats: villagers collect/harvest  eggs from nesting beach for their consumption, lack of knowledge and awareness about Painted Terrapin conservation, habitat conversion to palm oil and shrimp farm.

Therefore, this project is aimed to increase the wild population of Painted Terrapin (Batagur borneoensis), critically endangered freshwater turtle, in habitat through securing the eggs from poaching and natural predation, hatching the eggs, raising the hatchlings in headstarting ponds, release the hatchling into habitat, educate villagers to save this species.

We will carry out nesting patrol to secure the eggs from eggs poaching by villagers. Then, the eggs have been secured will be hatched and raised at our headstarting facility about six months before released into natural habitat. 77 six-months old hatchlings have been released into natural habitat in 2013. This project is expected can save more eggs and hatch them; able to raise and release more hatchlings for 2013 than released in 2013. So, our target to be able to release (increase wild opulation) at least about 600 hundreds of hathclings into habitat until 2017 is can be achieved.

For further information about the programme : www.satucitafoundation.org

Project 13251256 location - Indonesia, Asia