Painted Terrapin Released Back Into Habitat

A total of 20 hatchlings of Painted Terrapin (Batagur borneoensis), an endangered species, released back on to the original habitat, Tamiang River, District of Aceh Tamiang (12/08/2015). According to the IUCN, Painted Terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) is a critically endangered species and listed in Top World’s 25 Most Endangered Turtles at the Global Level. Continue reading “Painted Terrapin Released Back Into Habitat”


Building Villagers’ Nursery to Reforest the Habitat

Painted terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) relies on riverine vegetations, particularly Berembang (Sonneratia sp.), to live. Painted terrapin eats leaves and fruit of Berembang. This species is also exploit logs at riverine for basking. Although this critically endangered species is reported eat fish and crustaceans, the riverine vegetations are still particular. The destruction of riverine vegetations such as converted to farming, oil palm plantation will bring negative serious impact to wild population. Hundreds of hectare if riverine have been converted.

seedling of Berembang (Sonneratia sp.)
Nursery of Berembang (Sonneratia sp.) at Village Sungai Kurok III

In order support the wild population, a recovery of degradated and converted habitat is needed. About 10,000 tree of Berembang (Sonneratia sp.) will be planted. Therfore, two community group has been established and trained. These groups are from two village, Village Pusong Kapal and Sungai Kurok III. Both of these villages are the nearest or can be said as buffer zone of Painted terrapin habitat. The groups have 20 members.

Staff of our foundation visit the villager's nursery
Staff of our foundation visit the villager’s nursery

The member of group is responsible for building nursery of Berembang, planting the tree and monitoring after planting. The all process is facilitated by Satucita Foundation. The member building nursery at their backyard. Currently, the seedlings grew well. To cultivate this plant, the seedlings must be located on flooded place such as riverine.

Nursery of Berembang in Village Pusong Kapal.
Nursery of Berembang in Village Pusong Kapal.

It is expected that the seedlings will be planted on September this year. The planting is planned will involving youth, students, villagers, government. It can be said that this is the first effort to reforest the mangrove forest with Berembang. The reforestation will be developed countinuously to empower the fishermen and support Painted terrapin conservation. (SF)

Three hatchlings of Painted terrapin Was Born

Three hatchlings of  Painted terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) was born on 15 March 2015. These babies were born from a nest that secured on 3 December 2014. More eggs are expected to hatch in few days forward. The eggs are incubated in styrefoam boxes filled by sand and placed in our headstarting facility.

Hatchling of Painted terrapin that hatched on 15 March.
Hatchling of Painted terrapin that hatched on 15 March.

More than of three hundreds eggs of twenty nest successfully secured bu our nesting patrol activities that conducted during December 2014 to January 2015. The eggs secured from two main nesting beaches in Seruway Subdistrict. We regularly carry out nesting patrol in these beaches every nesting season. (SF)



Releasing Green Turtle Hatchlings

In the last three months, four sea turtles nests found on the beaches here, the same beaches to Painted terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) for laying eggs. Three nests had been harvested by fishermen before secured. Only one nest successfully secured by a fishermen who cooperated with us. So, we helped him to hatch the the eggs. Continue reading “Releasing Green Turtle Hatchlings”

Secured More Painted Terrapin Eggs

Team of Satucita Foundation were successfully secured more eggs on 13 and 14 December. 18 eggs on 13 Dec and 20 eggs on 14 Dec. So, totally we have secured and incubated 90 eggs. About 6-8 nests had been harvested by fishermen on November. So, about 11-13 nests have been counted so far.

Compared with the same period in last year, the number of nesting in this year is lower.

Painted Terrapin Eggs Secured From Poaching

One nest with 20 eggs have been secured by our nesting patrol team from poaching on Wednesday night/Thursday morning (4/12). Another 32 eggs of two nests (18 and 14 in each nest) have been secured on Friday night/Saturday morning (6/12). Totally, the nesting patrol successfully secured 52 eggs of three nests so far.

Villagers always hunt or collect the Painted terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) eggs every nesting season. Therefore, nesting patrol to secure and hatch the eggs are conducted every nesting season. This is one of many efforts to increase the stock of wild population.

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!

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
student scout handling the hatchling in the pond
staff of Satucita Foundation and BKSDA Aceh
staff of Satucita Foundation and BKSDA Aceh

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)

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”