Do you know that six of the seven species of marine turtles are listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered due to loss of habitat, pet trade and being caught for food?
Female turtles can lay hundreds of eggs in one nesting season. However, relatively few young turtles survive their first year of life. Predators such as crabs, foxes and birds often kill the hatchlings as they make their way from the nest to the sea.
Marine turtles are also threatened by humans who sell and consume turtle eggs as well as the destruction of nesting beaches. It takes decades for young turtles to reach maturity and start to breed, and adult turtles must live to reproduce over many years for the population to thrive. Unfortunately, few turtles survived the test of age due to various external threats.
This means that the next generation and those to follow, will not be fortunate enough to see critically endangered turtles in the flesh, but only in books. Oh-no!
Hence it is time for us to do our parts in helping the turtles. WWF-Malaysia recently launched a contest for bloggers in an effort to urge more Malaysians to “Live Green” in support of turtle conservation. Bloggers are invited to participate in this campaign by urging as many of our readers as possible to pledge to not consume turtle parts or eggs, and support amending Malaysian laws to fully ban the sale and consumption of all turtle eggs; at wwf.org.my from 20th June to 3rd July 2012.
Just follow these 3 simple steps to win a trip for two to the scenic Setiu Wetlands in Terengganu, one of WWF-Malaysia’s marine turtle and wetlands ecosystem conservation project sites, from 13th to 15th July 2012.
1. E-mail [email protected] with your full name, hand phone number, and blog address, to alert WWF that you will be participating in the contest
3. Encourage your readers to click on the e-banner at your website, and then pledge to “Live Green” via the online form on WWF-Malaysia’s home page.
Remember to click on our “Pledge to Live Green” e-banners too! Say no to the consumption of turtle parts and turtle eggs, even if you are a foodie like us!