Jumeirah Releases 101 Rehabilitated Turtles Back into the Ocean

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Monday, 20 June 2011

The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) has successfully returned 101 critically endangered hawksbill turtles back to their natural habitat following several months of rehabilitation at Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah.

101 children, including competition winners, pupils from a local school and hotel guests, released the turtles last week from the beach of Madinat Jumeirah back into the Persian Gulf.

The DTRP is based at the Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah and run in conjunction with Dubais Wildlife Protection Office. It has been running since 2004 and has so far released over 500 rescued sea turtles back into Dubais waters. This year alone, over 350 sick or injured sea turtles have been treated by the DTRPs team of marine biologists after washing up on the regions beaches.

The event, which attracted a large crowd with childrens activities and a taste of Jumeirah hospitality, was designed to raise awareness of the importance of the turtle rehabilitation programme, issues facing turtles, their risk of extinction (with an 87% decline in the hawksbill turtle population in the last three decades) and conservation of the marine environment.

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