Project

Tanjong Jara

PULIHARA at Tanjong Jara Resort, Dungun

Project Overview

Facing a crescent-shaped beach of golden sand, Tanjong Jara Resort emerges as an oasis of serenity nestled on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Amidst the pristine beauty of nature’s canvas, Tanjong Jara Resort stands as a testament to traditional luxury and well-being, its very essence steeped in the timeless allure of age-old Malay rituals. Yet, beyond its opulent facades lies a deeper, more profound connection to the natural world – where the beaches adjacent to the resort serve as a nesting ground for Terengganu’s green turtles and painted terrapins from March to October.

In 2016, our collaboration with Tanjong Jara Resort forged new pathways in the shared commitment to conservation. Venture forth and discover the PULIHARA team at our Visitors’ Hut next to the Nelayan Restaurant – an enclave of knowledge and passion awaiting your arrival, from March to October.

Project Details

Nest Adoption

Our Nest Adoption Programme is ideal for those wanting to get directly involved with our conservation efforts. You can save eggs from being sold to the black market by pledging to adopt a nest. Our team will provide you with updates of your adopted nests and invite you to come back and stay at the resort for the dates that they are due to be released to the sea. Building a relationship and network with the locals, we work closely with egg collectors – some who turn into rangers, to stop the commercialisation of turtle eggs. Instead, we purchase them and safely relocate the eggs into our hatcheries, giving them a second chance at life.

Nest Inspection

Nest inspection is usually conducted in the afternoon after the hatchlings have emerged from their nests in order to assess the rates of hatching and emergence success, predation and fungal infection. Guests are welcome to join us and witness sea turtles at every stage of their development from the egg stage all the way up to hatchlings, as well as learn more about turtle conservation.

Hatchling Release

Hatchling release usually occurs at least once a week at night. However, as this is nature, nothing is guaranteed. The releases are carried out at the discretion of our staff and occur under red light, to minimise disturbance to the turtles during June to October.

Once our team has identified when the babies are ready to leave the nest and head out to sea, we will invite guests to join us to help and celebrate this momentous occasion.

Informative talks at the Visitors’ Hut

Tanjong Jara Resort offers a tranquil environment for relaxation. Feel free to drop by our Visitors’ Hut to find more about turtle biology, ecology and conservation at large. You can also get your hands on our merchandise, such as T-shirts and turtle-themed accessories.

Turtle Kids Club

Children aged below 12 years old are welcome to join our weekly Turtle Kids Club, where they will learn about the wonderful life of turtles with fun turtle-themed games over an afternoon.

Beach Clean-Up

PULIHARA safeguards two nesting beaches adjacent to Tanjong Jara Resort, namely Tahu Tiga and Kuala Abang. Our team regularly conducts beach clean-ups at these beaches, often with the resort guests, school students, and local communities.

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How you can make a difference

As a non-profit marine conservation project, we are always on the lookout for funds to support the cost of operating our project sites throughout the year. These would include salaries, food, transportation, purchase or rental of tools & equipment, administrative costs and so on.

Your donation helps us to fuel the tide of conservation efforts, ensuring our majestic sea turtles thrive for generations to come.

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