SEATRU Volunteer Program was introduced in 1998. It was developed to provide volunteer assistance to the long-term monitoring, tagging and in-situ egg incubation research and conservation project for sea turtles at Chagar Hutang Turtle Sanctuary, Redang Island. This unique program will give you the chance to get up close with the ancient sea turtles (the green and hawksbill turtles) and other wildlife in their natural habitat. In this program, you will learn how to monitor sea turtle nesting process, how to identify sea turtle species, how to measure and tag sea turtles, how to label sea turtle nest, learn about the natural predators of turtle eggs and hatchlings, and how to determine hatching success of sea turtle nest. You will be guided and supervised by SEATRU Scientists and trained Research Assistants.
The volunteer program runs annually from April to October each year. Slots are of one week duration (Saturdays to Saturdays).
Chagar Hutang Turtle Sanctuary is located at the northern part of Redang Island. It is one of the important nesting beaches in Redang Island, with nesting ranging from 700 to 1500 nests. Peak nesting season is from May to July. This beach is closed to public, only SEATRU researchers and volunteers are allowed on the beach.
Map of Redang Island
Aerial view of Chagar Hutang, Redang Island. The nesting beach is 350 m long.
Chagar Hutang is declared as Turtle Sanctuary in 2005 by the State Government of Terengganu.