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(TRAVPR.COM) WORLD TURTLE DAY 2014: TEMPLEBERG VILLA EMBRACE CROWDFUNDING TO SAVE SRI LANKA’S SEA TURTLES

(TRAVPR.COM) AUSTRALIA - May 22nd, 2014 - Thursday, 22 May 2014, Melbourne, Australian-owned Templeberg Villa in Galle and the Sri Lankan-based Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project have teamed up to raise funds to help Sri Lanka protect its sea turtles this World Turtle Day, Friday 23 May 2014.

The collaboration between Templeberg Villa and Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project (the KSTC Project) will raise awareness about turtle conservation by encouraging people from all over the world to pledge funds towards turtle conservation.

The KSTC Project, which commenced in 1988, aims to monitor local sea turtle activity, buy back turtle eggs otherwise headed to local markets and conserve turtles’ local nesting sites.

A decade after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami wiped out the KSTC Project's hatchling centre – when 200 adult sea turtles disappeared – the hatchery facility has been lovingly rebuilt and with the help of volunteers once again is breeding sea turtles and restoring the turtles natural beach habitat.

Mr Dudley Perera, founder of the KSTC Project and a Tsunami survivor, spoke of the project’s success and said: “since 1988, the project has released more than 10,000 turtles into their natural environment”.