Socialization to Strengthen Community Groups to Protect Species and Habitat

Socialization and discussion to conserve Painted Terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) and habitat was held in Subdistrict Seruway on 21 October 2015. The socialization and discussion was held to strengthen the knowledge and planning of Satucita Foundation and two community group that established to protect the species. The discussion giving result that the upcoming nesting patrol, habitat rehabilitation will involve community group.

In the opening speech, Head of Subdisctrict Government of Seruway said that the conservation of this species must be supported and would like to thank to Satucita Foundation that facilitate and help locals to preserve this critically endangered species.

Meanwhile, the Head of BKSDA Langsa, Bambang Harsoyo, presented the regulation of protection on animals and plants. He also supports the Aceh Tamiang Local Government to issue a local regulation to protect this species in the district.

Joko Guntoro, program director of Painted Terrapin conservation, presented the status and distribution of this species and some scientific findings and the method to preserve wildlifes, included Painted Terrapin. In addition, the establishment of two community group was aimed to protect the species and habitat. Therefore, he aksed the commitment of the member of these groups for working together to save this species from extinction. The foundation will help and facilitate the locals to do that when the same time develop opportinities to empower villagers, such as a possibility to develop ecotourism.

In the end of discussion, member of community said that they will working together with the foundation to save the species and asked the foundation to facilitate them to protect the species and habitat, included empowerment of ex-hunters that usually take benefits from selling the eggs. The majority of member of community group is hunters that educated by the foundation to form a group to protect the species. It is expected that the groups can be developed as community ranger and take benfits from conservation in the long term.

This event was opened by opening speech by Head of Subdistrict Government of Seruway. The event was attended by 23 participants from two community group, Satucita Foundation, BKSDA Resort Langsa, Subdistrict Government of Seruway. (SF)

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The hatchlings growth to 10.3 cm in length after five months

After five months kept in the ponds, the Painted Terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) hatchlings growth to 10.3 cm in average length of carapace and 9,2 in average width.

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five months old hatchlings in the pond

The hatchlings are planned  to released on September. Of the total number 78 hatchlings, about 70 will be released into their natural habitat when the rest will be kept in the pond to breed in captivity to produce stock of offspring to be released into habitat. Another two hatchlings are suffering physical disability, so they can not be released into habitat.

five months old hatchling
five months old hatchling

MENATAP MASA DEPAN PENYU LAUT SEBAGAI SALAH SATU PENYANGGA KEHIDUPAN MANUSIA

Oleh: Joko Guntoro*

Tubuhnya besar. Beratnya bisa mencapai hingga ratusan kilogram. Jalannya sangat lambat, terseok-seok di atas pasir. Ia mendarat ke pantai hanya untuk bertelur. Dalam 1 periode (biasanya 2 minggu), ia bisa naik ke pantai 4-6 kali untuk bertelur. Namun, tidak setiap kali ia naik ke pantai ia akan bertelur. Dari sekitar 6 kali pendaratan, mungkin ia hanya 1-2 kali bertelur. Bahkan, mungkin tidak bertelur sama sekali. Dalam sekali bertelur bisa ratusan butir. Namun, dari ratusan butir telur yang menetas menjadi tukik (anak penyu), hanya sebagian kecil saja yang dapat dewasa dan bertelur. Ia merupakan salah satu satwa warisan zaman purbakala.

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