Luxury hotel operator, YTL Hotels, continues its ongoing conservation efforts by pledging more funds to the Lang Tengah Turtle Watch at Tanjong Jara Resort, following continued support for the initiative from hotel guests.
“Wildlife protection is a cause that we take very seriously here at YTL Hotels,” said Geraldine Dreiser, YTL Hotels Vice-President of Marketing. “We also recognise the important role tourism plays in conservation and as the turtle is an integral part of Terengganu, we are committed to doing everything we can to protect these majestic creatures,” she said.
In addition to covering licensing fees and other operational costs, the funds will also be used on new equipment that will enable the team to continue providing high-resolution photographic updates to guests taking part in its popular nest adoption programme.
Following the construction of a third hatchery last August, the Lang Tengah Turtle Watch at Tanjong Jara Resort continues its expansion, with works currently underway for a fourth hatchery. Scheduled for completion in June, this latest hatchery will be used as a research centre and will enable egg development as well as nest and hatchling fitness assessments to be carried out.
Partially funded by local artist and regular guest of Tanjong Jara Resort, Jennifer Tan, the research hatchery more than doubles current incubation capacity levels, increasing the total to 240 nests per season across all the hatcheries. Raising proceeds from her recent exhibition, “The Awakening”, Ms. Tan was inspired by the efforts of Lang Tengah Turtle Watch at Tanjong Jara Resort and painted the turtle using her trademark coffee grounds. The exhibition was aimed at highlighting the plight of the turtle.
While subject to availability, guests are welcomed to get involved with nest inspections by day and, if fortunate, to witness the emergence of the hatchlings by night. The Lang Tengah Turtle Watch at Tanjong Jara Resort also holds informative talks daily at its premise just off the Nelayan Restaurant which all guests are encouraged to attend.
About Tanjong Jara Resort
Tanjong Jara Resort is a sanctuary of luxury and well-being steeped in age-old Malay traditions and culture. Located along Malaysia’s pristine east coast, its architecture brings back all the elegance and grandeur of the 17th century Malay palaces, garnering the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Breezes from the South China Sea fan inland past the resort’s crescent-shaped golden beach to one of the world’s great spas that focuses on the Malay healing arts. Tanjong Jara Resort is anchored in Sucimurni, the ancient Malay way of life that embraces tranquility and purity through wholesome living, offering an authentic taste of the region’s spirit and an enduring embodiment of the gentle Malay art of service and hospitality.