Hawksbill turtles on loan at park

Fiji Times Thursday 19 October 2017  AN island resort in the Mamanuca Group is teaming up with a wildlife conservation group to promote the protection of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle.

This species of turtle has nesting sites on Treasure Island Resort and executive assistant manager Sophie Clay said they were proud to be part of the conservation program.

“Each year we loan baby hatchling turtles from the Treasure Headstart Program to Kula Wild Adventure Park to display, before returning them to Treasure for release to the wild,” she said.

“At Kula, the turtles are a valuable addition to the awareness raising program as well as a show place for Fiji’s spectacular bird, reptile and marine life for locals and visitors to Fiji alike.

“The park is the only free hands-on environmental education centre for Fiji’s schoolchildren.”

She said Treasure Island’s environment program was focused on protecting rare and threatened species, increasing their survival rates, and enhancing habitat for the species that live on the island.  Read more…