Hundreds of Aceh Scout Learn Painted Terrapin Conservation

Hundreds of Participants of Aceh Scout Camping Week Learn Painted Terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) Conservation at our headstarting facility from 23 September to 28 September 2014.

Some Participants of Aceh Scout Camping Week Visited Headstarting Ponds
Some Participants of Aceh Scout Camping Week Visited Headstarting Ponds

At headstarting facility, students scout watching documentary movie about our nesting patrol, learning biology, ecology and conservation of Painted terrapin carried out by us, how to raise the hatchling at headstarting ponds, playing games and icebreaker facilitated by our staff.

students handling the turtles
students handling the turtles

About 1200 students scout that take become participant in Aceh Scout Camping Week are come from 23 districts of Province of Aceh.  From that total number, more than of 400 scout or one third of total participants visited our headstarting facility located in Village Sidodadi, Subdistrict Kejuruan Muda, District of Aceh Tamiang, Province of Aceh.

our facilitator explaining the hatchling of painted terrapin to students scout
our facilitator explaining the hatchling of painted terrapin to students scout

In this Aceh Scout Camping Week that was held on 23 to 28 September 2014, Painted terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) – a critically endangered freshwater turtle species – become an icon or mascot. Painted terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) was choosen to be a mascot by Aceh Tamiang to increase public awareness to save this species from extinction. According some surveys, included carried by Satucita Foundation, from researchers, this species has been extincted in some locations in east coast of Sumatera. Aceh Tamiang is believed to be the last stronghold for this species.

students watching the hatchlings in the ponds
students watching the hatchlings in the ponds

The Painted terrapin conservation carried out by Satucita Foundation has been obtained some support from many organizations since its preliminary study in 2010. That organizations are Turtle Survival Alliance, Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Turtle Conservation Fund, small grant from Chester Zoo, PT Pertamina EP Field Rantau. This initiative are also supported by some individuals. (SF)

founder and researcher of Satucita Foundation explaing the activities carried out by foundation to save the species from extinction
founder and researcher of Satucita Foundation explaing the activities carried out by foundation to save the species from extinction
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student scout handling the hatchling in the pond
staff of Satucita Foundation and BKSDA Aceh
staff of Satucita Foundation and BKSDA Aceh
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Taking a Part in Conference of Society of Conservation Biology 2014

Our founder and programme director, Joko Guntoro, taking a part in Conference of Society of Conservation Biology 2014 that was held in Equatorial Hotel, Malacca, Malaysia, 19-22 August 2014. In that conference, a presentation titled “The Progress of Painted Terrapin Conservation in Aceh Tamiang” was presented in a symposium specialized for chelonian.

In the presentation, Joko explained the background of why the conservation of Painted terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) must be saved in Indonesia, what have been done to save this critically endangered species, the results have achieved and the challenges to be faced in the future, included the actions must be taken to reforest the habitat, riparian vegetations, mangroves that had been converted to oil palm and farming.

In the symposium, seven presenters from Malaysia, Australia and Indonesia presented their findings of their research, progress and activities had been done to save freshwater and marine turtles. To download the abstracts of the symposium, pleased download at this link. If you want to download the programs, please use this link. A special dinner among turtle researcher was also held to build a friendship/partnership among turtle conservationists.(SF)

First field survey in 2014

Our team have carried out field survey to estimate the population, range, movement of Painted terrapin in Aceh Tamiang, between 22-27 June 2014. Five individuals were captured in that period. All of them are new capture. Ten traps were placed in Tamiang River, near by the village Pusong Kapal, every day. The traps were regularly checked every four to five hours.

Unfortunately, one male found dead in the trap. This is for the first time since we had applied the method since 2012. May be this dead is because of the long checking time. Therefore, the shorter checking time will be applied in the next survey. A Crocodilus porosuscrossing the Tamiang River was also found in the survey. This is an evidence that Painted terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) and Crocodilus porosus have a same habitat.

This survey is a part of our activities to conserve this species. The next is scheduled on August. The survey is conducted every two year. The last survey was carried out on June to August 2012.

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Students of IPB Distance Learning Program Visit Rearing Ponds

Eighteen students of IPB (Bogor Agricultural Institute) Distance Learning Program in Aceh Tamiang visit our rearing ponds to learn about Painted terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) conservation (18/06). Continue reading “Students of IPB Distance Learning Program Visit Rearing Ponds”

How Fast the Growth of Painted Terrapin Hatchling?

How fast the growth of Painted terrapin hatchling?

A Painted terrapin hatchling, named Roni who was blind from birth, was hatchedon 26 March 2013. Roni did not released back to the wild because he is blind so it is feared that he will not being able to survive well in the wild. Due to this reason, Roni has been reared in captivity in the pond. Currently Roni aged 1 year 1 month 9 days or 404 days old. She/he was hatched with a carapace length of 5.2 cm and 4.7 cm width. While currently the carapace length of 11.8 cm. Thus, Roni has been grew 6.6 cm after 404 days in captivity. When Roni was 1 month old – on April 2013 -, his/her carapace length only 6.3 cm. In other words, the growth during the first month is 1.1 cm. Continue reading “How Fast the Growth of Painted Terrapin Hatchling?”

Freshwater turtle crosses the Geographical Barriers

Scientists at the Senckenberg Research Institute in Dresden, together with an international team of researchers, have studied the widely distributed freshwater turtle, Mauremys rivulata. In spite of geographical barriers, the turtles are genetically very similar throughout their vast distribution range. This would indicate that that animals cross hundreds of kilometres of sea. The study is published in the scientific journal Zoologica Scripta…

For full reading, please read at the link below:

Cited from:

Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum. “Freshwater turtle crosses the Aegean Sea.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 April 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140407090611.htm>.

Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

Journal Reference:

Melita Vamberger, Heiko Stuckas, Dinçer Ayaz, Petros Lymberakis, Pavel Široký, Uwe Fritz. Massive transoceanic gene flow in a freshwater turtle (Testudines: Geoemydidae:Mauremys rivulata). Zoologica Scripta, 2014; DOI: 10.1111/zsc.12055

The First Hatchling of Nesting Season Year 2013

The first hacthling of Painted terrapin from last nesting patrol was born on 17 March 2014. This is a result of our nesting patrol had been carried out during December 2013 to January 2014. You can read our last nesting patrol through this link. Totally, this hatchling need 94 days to hatch. This hatchling is hatch from the nest found on 12 December 2013.

first hatchling of nesting season year 2013
the first hatchling of nesting season year 2013

The hatchling is 5,1 cm in carapace length. The hatchlings that hatched will be raised about six months and then released into wild to achieve our minimum objective to release at least 500 hatchling into wild until 2017.

Happy World Wildlife Day!

On March 3, 2014 is the first World Wildlife Day declared by United Nation. To celebrate this spirit we would like to say Happy World Wildlife Day!

As you know that we are working on Painted terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) conservation, a wildlife species listed in Critically Endangered species by International Union on Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Here, we would like to share a short clip of nesting female Painted terrapin in their habitat. We hope through share this, we can appreciate our environment and all wildlife!

Please, enjoy it!

The last nesting patrol successfully secured 328 Painted terrapin eggs

The last nesting patrol to secure the survival of Painted terrapin successfully secured 328 eggs of 20 nests. The nesting patrol have been carried out from November 2013 to January 2014 at main nesting beaches in Seruway Mangrove Forest, Aceh Tamiang District, Indonesia.

The nests were found on two main nesting beaches, there are Pusong Cium and Pusong Putus. Pusong Putus has about 2,5 km in length to be patrolled, meanwhile Pusong Cium only about 1 km. The patrol were conducted three times every night, about 09.00 pm to 04.30 am. During patrol, some females were sighted and observed by our team. But, in some, our team only found the nests.

Recently, the eggs are incubated to hatch in our basic headstarting facility. Hopefully, the eggs will start to hatch on the end of February until April. Based on previous years, the eggs will hatch after 72 to 115 days. After hatched, the offspring will be raised about six months, then released into habitat to increase wild population of this critically endangered species.

The nesting patrol activity successfully carried out through support from Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund.

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the camp
the camp
track of female painted terrapin
track of female painted terrapin
Female of Painted terrapin is laying eggs
Female of Painted terrapin is laying eggs
excavating the nest to secure the eggs from poaching and natural predation
excavating the nest to secure the eggs from poaching and natural predation
Painted terrapin eggs have secured and moved into incubation box
Painted terrapin eggs have secured and moved into incubation box
The eggs have been secured from nests then grouped in incubation boxes (1 nest 1 box)
The eggs have been secured from nests then grouped in incubation boxes (1 nest 1 box)