The Turtle Hatchery In Kosgoda In Sri Lanka Is A Sensation And Amazement.

Sri Lanka Is A Torch-bearer In Propagating Turtles.

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The article speaks about the manner in which turtles are taken in Sri Lanka in Kosgoda turtle hatchery. Those who visit Sri Lanka should definitely visit the hatchery.

In Sri Lanka a lot of animals create attention for the tourists. The turtle hatchery in Kosgoda near Bentota is a sensation. Both Bentota and Beruwala are beach destinations. Sri lanka has a tropical climate. The entire country is surrounded by the Indian Ocean, so there are seawaters on every corner of the country.

Generally turtles leave their eggs in the sand. There are a lot predators who on easy opportunity eat up the eggs and chances of the turtle community prospering gets doomed.

 

Dudley Perera and his family started the project way back in the 1980s.

From that time the project became bigger and assumed importance. The entire project faced the worst days when Tsunami struck in 2004. The entire hatchery was washed way. Both the breeding turtles and the eggs were destroyed and the project came back to square one.

 

But again the hatchery was created. Presently a lot of funding comes from different parts of the world.  Kosgoda turtle hatchery has emerged as one of the leading tourist destinations for international tourists who come to visit Sri Lanka.

 

There is high entry tickets in Kosgoda Turtle hatchery. Visitors are supposed to pay entry tickets worth 500 Sri Lankan rupees to see the Hatchery. A guide takes the visitors to the place and explains the fate of the turtles from 7 weeks birth time to few months and few years.

 

The entire stretch of sands and beaches in Kosgoda, Bentota and Beruwala is amazing. During winter months from December to January visitors flock to these destinations to have sunbath. Sri Lanka is very close to the equator and as such in winters the temperature never go below 15 degrees Celsius. So in those aspects the foreignors who come from colder countries find a tropical paradise in the beaches in Kosgoda, Beruwala and Bentota.

 

In the Kosgoda hatchery, there are night-guards who do patrolling at night. The turtles after mating lay their eggs some distance away from the sea-shores. The guards bring those eggs and bury them in the sand. There are scientific reasonings as to the level of sand where the eggs are supposed to be kept. After the baby turtles come out of the eggs there are small bath-tubs kept in the hatchery where the turtles are allowed to breed. Food is provided to the turtles and they grow in natural habitat.

 

Visitors should visit the turtle hatchery and every country should learn from Sri Lanka the manner of maintaining animals and natural habitats.


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  • nbillett  21-02-2017
    This is great information. Happy to see that animal conservation is happening in other parts of the world. I hope the hatchery is still functioning to this day. Thanks for sharing.
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  • souvik1  15-01-2015

    Sri Lanka should also preserve other animals in addition to turtles.

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