Sea Turtle Conservation in India by TREE Foundation

by OldSailor on February 20, 2008

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TREE Foundation was started in 2002 as a Registered Charitable Trust to focus on Environment Education, Sea Turtle Conservation and Community Development. Dr.Supraja Dharini, got inspiration to start the Foundation when she found large number of dead Olive Ridley turtles on the beach in Periya Neelankarai of Chennai, India.

TREE Foundation started its first campaign to conserve and protect the highly endangered Olive Ridley turtles along the East Coast (Neelangarai fishing village to another fishing village – approximately 13 km) by patrolling the beaches during the nesting season from December 2002 onwards. The nesting season extends up to May each year. The youth groups from the above villages are known as Kadal Aamai Padhukavalargall [KAP] (Sea Turtle Protection Force).

The activities of the Foundation

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Some photographs showing their activities

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In January this year, Dr.Supraja Dharini, attended the 28th Sea Turtle Symposium at Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Click here to read her Mexico Visit with colorful photographs.

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