save turtles and terrapins

Let’s save turtles!

Let’s save turtles! The Painted Terrapin Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is sponsoring a fundraising campaign through t-shirt sales at to support efforts in the wild to save the critically endangered Painted terrapin and other turtle species from extinction. We are supporting the efforts of the Satucita Foundation. The Satucita Foundation helps to save the Painted terrapin in the wild by conducting field research, community outreach, and releasing turtles! Help us help the heroes who are making a difference!

save turtles and terrapins

The Painted Terrapin AZA Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Program strives to manage and conserve an endangered ex situ species population with the cooperation of AZA-accredited institutions. SSP Programs develop a Breeding and Transfer Plan that identifies population management goals and recommendations to ensure the sustainability of a healthy, genetically diverse, and demographically varied population. The Painted terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) is an aquatic estuarine turtle and one of the most endangered river turtles in South East Asia. During the breeding season the head of the males turn white and a red stripe appears between his eyes giving it a ‘painted’ appearance which is how it gets its name. Along side our efforts to manage captive populations we aim to educate and support conservation efforts of the Painted terrapin. After all, the ultimate goal is to see these turtles living in the wild unthreatened and thriving. The Satucita Foundation is a great conservation champion who play an instrumental role of saving these turtles and we hope you can help support their needs.

The Satucita Foundation (Yayasan Satucita Lestari Indonesia) was founded and registered in Minister of Law and Human Rights in 2012. This small and local foundation was founded by conservationist Joko Guntoro. The idea to form the group – that transformed to a foundation – is based on the result of preliminary study on the Painted Terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) that was conducted by Joko Guntoro. The study found that the population of this species was threatened by egg poaching, habitat loss, and had disappeared in many locations. Unfortunately, the same threats were also found to other freshwater turtles and tortoises. Therefore, to conserve this species effectively, when there were no organizations that had interest and attention to do it, a special organization must be formed. So, the Satucita was established to overcome the challenges and threats.

The Satucita Foundation’s vision is to “to achieve a harmony between human and nature” with an aim to conserve other reptiles and amphibians, particularly freshwater turtles and tortoises in northern Sumatera, Indonesia. Since it was found, the Foundation is actively working – in situ and ex situ – on Painted Terrapin conservation. To achieve their vision, the following activities are implemented:

1. Field research and monitoring
2. Environmental education and campaign
3. Establish head starting facility as educationand conservation facility
4. Developing local livelihood to support speciesand habitat conservation

By participating in this fundraiser you will be supporting the Satucita Foundation and local turtles. Your donation will be used to help carry out field monitoring and surveying, nesting patrols, field research, increasing awareness, improving their head starting facility and conservation center, and restoring habitat. Thank you for exploring the possibility to support Painted terrapin conservation. Save Turtles with Satucita!

Note from us:

  1. You can participate in this fundraising event by click and visiting this link save turtles!
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  3. This campaign is launched by Painted Terrapin Species Survival Plan (SSP). The text source is

Achievements at Second Anniversary

Today we celebrate our second anniversary. The Satucita Foundation (Yayasan Satucita Lestari Indonesia) was found on 15 October 2012. Previously, the foundation is an organisation that registered as community group.  Then, the group transformed into a new form  – as a foundation – to accelerate our wildlife conservation efforts.

Painted terrapin (Batagur borneoensis), male (left), hatchlings, female (right)
Painted terrapin (Batagur borneoensis), male (left), hatchlings, female (right)

We have faced many challenges and achieved some results since founded. The results we have been achieved are:

  1. Totally 144 hatchlings of Painted terrapin have been released into wild to increase the wild population
  2. 2 paper of Painted terrapin published in international recognized scientific journal, 2 documentary broadcasted in national television, articles published in local newspaper and national magazine
  3. More than of 4,000 peoples have been trained and informed on Painted terrapin status and conservation, included how to identify another freshwater turtles found in Aceh Tamiang
  4. Established a simple and basic headstarting facility
  5. Launched a new tradition to release hatchlings of Painted terrapin annually.
  6. The habitat and range of Painted terrapin have been investigated
  7. We have 1,093 followers on social media (facebook, twitter, blog)
  8. We have supported by internation recognized organisation such asTurtle Survival Alliance, Turtle Conservation Fund, Chester Zoo, Mohammed bin Zayed Conservation Fund, Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund, PT Pertamina EP Field Rantau. We also have build good coordination with governement and  other local conservation organisation.
Team of Yayasan SatuCita Lestari Indonesia (Satucita Foundation)
Team of Yayasan SatuCita Lestari Indonesia (Satucita Foundation)

Nevertheless, we are realize that many things to do in the future to achieve our vision, a harmony between human and nature. We believe that vision is possible to achieved. Therefore, we would like to thanks to our funders, supporters, followers, partners. Without their support, it is impossible to achieve the results and to overcome the challenges in the future.

If you want to help us, please, do not hestitate to contact us at (at)

Thank you!

The Tragedy of the Commons

By Garret Hardin

At the end of a thoughtful article on the future of nuclear war, J.B. Wiesner and H.F. York concluded that: “Both sides in the arms race are…confronted by the dilemma of steadily increasing military power and steadily decreasing national security. It is our considered professional judgment that this dilemma has no technical solution. If the great powers continue to look for solutions in the area of science and technology only, the result will be to worsen the situation.” Continue reading “The Tragedy of the Commons”

CSR Sebagai Community Development?

Oleh : Joko Guntoro*

Istilah CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) atau sering diterjemahkan menjadi Tanggung Jawab Sosial Perusahaan semakin ekstensif digunakan oleh berbagai kalangan : akademisi, aktivis sosial (LSM) dan terutama dari kalangan bisnis (sektor privat). Istilah ini bergerak menjadi trend bisnis terutama korporasi besar dan transnasional. Bahkan beberapa waktu lalu, CSR telah diregulasikan di Indonesia. Ini tentu terobosan yang berani sebab isu CSR di lingkup internasional masih dalam pertarungan antara mereka yang menghendaki voluntary yang lebih mengedepankan pendekatan moral dan mereka yang menghendaki agar CSR diwajibkan karena pendekatan moral dianggap tidak cukup mampu untuk mencegah perusahaan melakukan tindakan yang tidak etis. Continue reading “CSR Sebagai Community Development?”