Anantara Resorts in Thailand Gives Nature a Helping Hand with Baby Turtle Release
Guests at Anantara Layan Phuket and Anantara Mai Khao Villas recently participated in the company’s annual baby turtle release in support of the conservation efforts of the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation (MKMTF) and the Phuket Marine Biology Center (PMBC). 50 young green turtles ranging from 12 to 15 months old were released at Layan and Mai Khao beaches in southern Thailand with the hope of them returning to lay their eggs in the years to come.
Today the Foundation has broadened its environmental projects to not only conservation of turtles, but also the environment with the involvement of local communities, schools, universities and government organisations. Foundation activities include beach and reef cleaning, educational workshops, recycling projects, tree planting, turtle rescue and release and support of other marine conservation organisations, all in which the resort’s guests can participate. Guests can further support the Foundation’s efforts to save the environment by donating 30 Baht per night during their stay under Anantara’s Dollars for Deeds initiative.
Fishery Biologist, Hirun Kanghae at Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) manages the nursery in order to strengthen the baby turtles and increase their chance of survival. At the nursery, the turtles are raised within tanks, receiving sufficient food and specialists' constant care. After a year, when their shells are at least 20cm long, their bodies weigh over 2kg and their blood count and flippers are in the right condition, they are released back into the sea.
Guests can visit the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation each morning at 11.00 am and learn more about the life of a turtle from the resident marine biologists, assist in their daily feeding programme and meet the famed temperamental turtle ‘Tommy’ who was born blind that is a permanent resident at the facility.
To follow the new turtle’s journey, please see the following video of the release: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXXzqzmYydE&feature=youtu.be
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