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Vera Nieuwenhuis’ Photos Help Bring Awareness To Endangered Turtles
14th Dec 2017, by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Ms. Vera Nieuwenhuis is a professional photographer based in New York. In September/October 2017, Ms. Vera was successful in her application to Photographers Without Borders (PWB) and she spent two weeks with us in Kemaman, Malaysia, to photodocument our river terrapin research, conservation, education and outreach activities. Upon her return to New York, Ms. Vera was interviewed by her church, and she recalled her experiences while in Malaysia. Read Ms. Vera’s interview with the Old Firs...

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13 Years On, Efforts To Save Terengganu Turtles Continue For Pelf Nyok, Yuan Ying
4th Sep 2017, by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Date: 4th September 2017 By: Adrian David Source: New Straits Times Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia volunteer Tan Yuan Ying (left) and its co-founder Chen Pelf Nyok promoting turtle conservation-awareness merchandise at the Terengganu Peranakan Festival in Kampung Cina, Kuala Terengganu. Pic by NSTP/ Adrian David KUALA TERENGGANU: Each year, thousands of turtle eggs are saved, while its hatchlings make it into the Terengganu’s rivers. All these was possible through the efforts o...

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Love Is All We Need
1st Jan 2017, by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Date: 1st January 2017 By: Elena Koshy Source: New Straits Times Old chapters are closing, new ones are unfolding, and with them come much hope for the local environmental landscape, writes Elena Koshy. WHO doesn’t love a good story? We have a long history of narrative — the ancient days where the only way to share knowledge was through words, from person to person, generation to generation. We’re fundamentally hard-wired for stories — they’re how we record both t...

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OSK Property Cleans Up Balok Beach
26th Oct 2016, by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Date: 26th October 2016 Source: The Star Property Joint forces during beach clean-up: Volunteers formed a group to work together in removing the nylon rope washed ashore. These ropes cause a great harm to the marine lives and birds when trapped. PETALING JAYA: More than 200 people took part in the Beach Clean-up event today, comprising of OSK Group staff, school children, university students, representatives from NGOs and the general public. The event which collected a massive 368kg of trash ...

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Terengganu Turtles Winning Conservation War Thanks To Human Hero
8th Oct 2016, by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Date: 8th October 2016 By: Adrian David Source: New Straits Times Online KUALA TERENGGANU: A concerted effort by the Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia has helped save thousands of eggs and facilitated the release of thousands of hatchlings into Terengganu rivers. The society’s co-founder, Chen Pelf Nyok, said that they have managed to save 2,491 turtle eggs and released 1,302 hatchlings into the Setiu River between 2004 and 2014, and another 3,754 eggs and 2,401 hatchlings into the...

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Terrapin Independence Day 2016
9th Sep 2016, by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

First of all, please accept our apologies for the delay in making this announcement. We have received numerous emails and inquiries about our upcoming Terrapin Release event, and we have just managed to finalize the date and the activities in a meeting yesterday afternoon :( Our annual Terrapin Release event, which is also called “Terrapin Independence Day,” is the culmination of our River Terrapin Conservation Project throughout the whole year. We secure river terrapin eggs for inc...

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Overcoming The Devils In My Head
28th Aug 2016, by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Leh Lin Wei has recently completed her studies in Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, with a major in Biodiversity Conservation and Management. She joined TCS in a 3-month internship, and one of the activities that she had participated in was in conducting a Turtle Awareness Programme with 11-year-old students. ———- It had been a long time since I last gave a talk to a big group of primary school students. I love kids and used to be a temporary primary school teacher before I went...

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An Eye-Opening Experience Leading A Big Group Of Students
21st Aug 2016, by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Cabita Selvaraji has recently completed her studies in Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, with a major in Biodiversity Conservation and Management. She joined TCS in a 3-month internship, and one of the activities that she had participated in was in leading a group of secondary school students in a 2D1N “Turtle Excursion and Beach Cleanup” activity. ———- Before my internship with Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia, I’ve never planned, organized and conduct...

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‘Paper Boat’ Pollution On Perhentian Islands
7th Jun 2016, by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Context: We were alerted about an incident that took place in Perhentian Island, where a training company was conducting a team building event. One of the activities was building “paper boats” and releasing them into the sea. Despite numerous pleas from tourists to retrieve the “paper boats” after the activity, the management of the training company did not take any action. Date: 7th June 2016 Source: Free Malaysia Today PETALING JAYA: Environmentalists have decried the ...

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My First Tour Guiding Experience!
3rd May 2016, by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Loh Chee Hee is an undergraduate in Universiti Putra Malaysia Bintulu, majoring in Animal Health and Production. He is currently an intern with TCS, and following is his account of his first time conducting a Turtle Discovery Trip last Saturday. ———- To be honest, I am not a social butterfly and I will get all nervous talking to strangers. On Saturday, 30th April 2016, I was assigned to lead the first Turtle Discovery Trip (TDT) of the year, together with my course mate and fe...

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Up Close With The Green Turtle
17th Apr 2016, by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Lim Wei Li is an undergraduate in Universiti Putra Malaysia Bintulu, majoring in Animal Health and Production. He is currently an intern with TCS, and following is his account of a turtle watching trip that he had just participated in yesterday. ———- Yesterday (16th April 2016), I had the opportunity to go on a turtle watching trip in Pantai Teluk Mak Nik, Kemaman. Since it is now still the beginning of the sea turtle nesting season, there were only five other guests. The sea ...

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Tuntung Makin Pupus
15th Sep 2015, by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Date: 15th September 2015 By: Wan Zulkifli Wan Yaacob Source: Utusan Online KEMAMAN 14 Sept. – Tidak sebagaimana penyu yang sering diperkatakan umum, diperbincangkan da­lam seminar termasuk oleh masyarakat antarabangsa bersama usaha pemuliharaan melibatkan penyertaan meluas, tuntung bagaikan terlepas daripada semua perhatian itu. Haiwan eksotik ini, dalam kumpulan reptilia termasuk penyu, labi-labi dan kura-kura, yang juga lebih gemarkan alam Terengganu, kini berdepan dengan nasib ser...

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Populasi Tuntung Makin Membimbangkan
6th Sep 2015, by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Date: 6th September 2015 Source: Astro Awani Populasi tuntung di enam sungai utama di Terengganu semakin pupus selepas jumlah telur yang menetas mencatatkan penurunan setiap tahun. Menurut Pengasas Bersama Persatuan Pemuliharaan Tuntung, Kura-Kura dan Penyu Malaysia, Chen Pelf Nyok, jumlah telur yang menetas pada tahun ini hanya 335 biji berbanding 1,400 tiga tahun lepas.

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Populasi Tuntung Di Kemaman Diancam Kepupusan – NGO
6th Sep 2015, by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Date: 6th September 2015 Source: Berita Harian Online KEMAMAN: Populasi tuntung sungai di daerah Kemaman kini semakin diancam kepupusan malah semakin kritikal apabila jumlah telur yang ditetaskan ibu tuntung kini berkurangan setiap tahun. Pengasas Bersama Persatuan Pemuliharaan Tuntung, Kura-Kura dan Penyu Malaysia, Chen Pelf Nyok, berkata berdasarkan kajian dan rekod pihaknya mendapati jumlah telur tuntung yang ditetaskan pada tahun 2012 sebanyak 1,400 biji menurun sehingga 335 biji pada tahu...

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My Experiences Conducting Turtle Camps
19th Aug 2015, by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Ruhil Rosly has recently completed her studies in Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, with a major in Marine Biology. She joined TCS in a 3-month internship, and following is a reflection of Ruhil’s experiences when conducting Turtle Awareness Programmes, or “Turtle Camps” with local primary school students. ———- I have never been good with kids. I’ve always thought that kids were annoying. I couldn’t even bring myself to carry a baby. They will never...

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Our First Volunteer From Hong Kong
9th Jul 2015, by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Michelle Li joined TCS as an volunteer and intern for a month from 19th May to 17th June 2015. Following is a short account written by Michelle before she returned to Hong Kong. ———- To many people, it is actually quite a “crazy” thing to do, i.e. to go to another country and spend time volunteering for a local NGO. For me, I just felt that it was a very “natural” decision that my instinct told me to make as soon as I found out that TCS was looking for ...

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Our First Volunteer From Hong Kong
9th Jul 2015, by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Michelle Li joined TCS as an volunteer and intern for a month from 19th May to 17th June 2015. Following is a short account written by Michelle before she returned to Hong Kong. ———- To many people, it is actually quite a “crazy” thing to do, i.e. to go to another country and spend time volunteering for a local NGO. For me, I just felt that it was a very “natural” decision that my instinct told me to make as soon as I found out that TCS was looking for ...

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Terrapin Conservation Gains Momentum In Kemaman
25th May 2015, by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Date: 25th May 2015 By: Sean Augustin Source: The Rakyat Post Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia (TCS) co-founder Chen Pelf Nyok explaining the different species of turtles in Malaysia to the children. — Pic courtesy of Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia KUALA LUMPUR, May 25, 2015: For World Turtle Day, Chen Pelf Nyok played tour guide to six inquisitive families which travelled all the way to Kemaman, Terengganu, from the city. There, on the east coast, the Turtle Conservatio...

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“I Love Turtles!”
15th May 2015, by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Date: 15th May 2015 By: Chia Gaik Nooi Source: Sin Chew Jit Poh (East Coast Edition)

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A Meaningful 3D2N Programme With PTPI Sri KDU, KL
5th May 2015, by Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia

Lim Wei Li is a second year Diploma student who is currently studying Animal Health in Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Bintulu. On his own initiative, he signed up as a student intern with TCS for a month. Following is a short report written by Wei Li, on one of our recent awareness programmes. ———- We organized a 3D2N programme for the students of People-To-People-International (PTPI) from Sri KDU Secondary School in conjunction with their annual Global Youth Service Day. Our...

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