Egg hatching centres fenced up to keep out wild animals

Posted on December 27, 2011. Filed under: Bio-diversity |

— Bernama–

KUALA TERENGGANU: Fences have been erected around turtle hatching centres in Terengganu including in Ma’daerah, Kemaman to keep out wild animals.

State Fisheries Department Zakaria Ismail said wild boars from a nearby jungle had intruded into the centre at Ma’daerah several weeks ago and damaged the eggs.

“Apart from fencing up the turtle egg hatching areas, we planted the eggs in other areas and also put up traps,” he said.

A total of 24,000 turtle eggs were hatched at the centre in Ma’daerah this year.

Meawhile, Zakaria said not a single leatherback turtle landed on the beaches of Terengganu this year.

Last year, there were about five to six sightings.

He said this could indicate the species was on the brink of extinction.

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