The latest news from Pulau Tioman
If you have ever seen a sea turtle you will know that they are the most serene and gentle animals in the ocean, effortlessly gliding through the blue they will travel great distances and if they reach maturity, female turtles will return to the beach that they were born on, to nest.
But, as most of you will know all to well our sea turtles are under threat and many species of turtles are now listed as critically endangered. On Tioman Island, if you are lucky, you can see two different species of turtles, Hawksbill Turtles and Green Turtles. Hawksbill Turtles are listed on the IUCN red list as critically endangered, while Green Turtles are listed as endangered. The future does not look good for the turtles of Tioman Island and some of the problems they are facing are habitat degradation, egg harvesting (yes, people eat the eggs!) and beach development.
The Juara Turtle Project was setup a few years ago by some concerned individuals who wanted to try and do whatever they could do to try and help. They are a non-profit organisation run by a group of volunteers. If you are visiting Tioman Island and are interested in wildlife, you should check out the Juara Turtle Project visitors centre where they give talks on what is threatening turtles globally and all the money raised goes into tackling problems and creating awareness on the island.