Satucita Foundation and it’s Painted terrapin conservation partner released 375 hatchlings of terrapins on 5 June 2020. The releasing was held on nesting site Ujung Tamiang/Pusung Putus. This site is one of two main nesting site in habitat.
Different compared to last year activity, this year is without ceremony and not involving general public. The personnel who release the hatchlings are mandatory to wear masker, gloves, and also must keep social distance as possible.
To reach the releasing site, the team had to boating about 1 hour by wooden machine boat from nearest village, Pusung Kapal. This village is where the Painted Terrapin Information Center (PTIC), including hatchery and pool located.
Those hatchlings are a result of nest patrol had been conducted by the team of the Foundation who work together with staff of Agency of Conservation of Natural Resources (BKSDA) Province Aceh, Fisheries Office of Aceh Tamiang District, Pertamina EP Field Rantau and village youth (community) group, on December 2019 to February 2020. During that period, the team successfully saved 50 eggs of 33 nests. Of those number, about 70 percent of eggs are succesfully hatched and raised to be released.
The Foundation would like to thanks to Houston Zoo and Turtle Survival Alliance for their support to this critically endangered species conservation.