Play your part in saving
endangered
sea turtles

The first & only 100% ethical sea turtle project in Sri Lanka

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  • Duration
    1-24 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
    5+
  • Minimum age
    16+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
    £220
  • Duration
    1-24 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
    5+
  • Minimum age
    16+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
    £220

Sri Lanka sea turtle conservation

Come and help on the most exciting sea turtle project in Sri Lanka that is the first of its kind! You will play a vital role in saving critically endangered sea turtles on a 100% ethical project, setup and run by The Mighty Roar.

You, along with other volunteers are urgently needed to help with our worthwhile conservation efforts. You will not only be contributing your time and money to saving turtles within our hatchery and local area but to also gathering essential research data to change how the whole industry is currently run in Sri Lanka!

Our brand new purpose built large hatchery was funded and constructed by previous volunteers and we now need as many people as possible to come and help continue our efforts. Be apart of something special where you can genuinely say you helped sea turtles in Sri Lanka!

"We cannot recommend The Mighty Roar enough! They are the only ethical project in the whole of Sri Lanka and they made us feel apart of the family from day one. We managed to do so much in 2 weeks; from watching hatchling emerge from their nest, releasing approx 250 hatchlings into the ocean, releasing an injured turtle following an injury and watching turtles lay their eggs at night - simply amazing."

During your time here, you will get to help on many diverse activities. You will head off on night beach patrols where you will get to witness turtles coming ashore to nest – an out of this world experience that no one else offers in Sri Lanka! You will have the important job of guarding the hatchery from any predators and poachers, releasing baby sea turtles into the sea (everyone’s favourite!), weekly beach cleans, education classes and visiting a traditional sanctuary.

Unfortunately, sea turtle populations around the world are on a sharp decline due to natural predators and severe human interference. One of the biggest problems in Sri Lanka are human poachers, who miss-handle the eggs to sell to the turtle sanctuaries or to locals as a source of food or medicine.

Another major problem is actually the 30-40 so called sanctuaries that line the west coast of Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, these projects are setup purely to make money from tourists, with many cruel practices happening day in day out.

We regularly visit many of the sanctuaries nearby, where many hundreds of volunteers go every year to supposedly help. There is absolutely no conservation happening and nine times out ten they are actually making the situation worse.

We cannot go through and list everything wrong with the current setup, but have mentioned some of the bigger problems below and also provided some pictures under the photos tab. You will also get to see first hand when you travel to Sri Lanka.

Many healthy sea turtles are confined to very small tanks, without being able to swim or dive. In most sanctuaries you can see that the turtles have simply given up and just sit idle all day long.

- Tourists flock to each and every sanctuary to hold the turtles, often dropping them or not washing their hands (sun cream can be very dangerous to them).
- Baby sea turtles are kept in tanks for many weeks before being released, therefore using up all of their energy and any hope of survival.
- The actual hatcheries are far from perfect, with most having a very low hatching success rate and mainly producing males.

With five of the seven sea turtle species (Hawksbill, Green, Loggerhead, Olive Ridley and Leatherback) being regularly found along the coast of Sri Lanka, there is no better place to volunteer to ensure these amazing animals have the best chance of survival. Although the nesting season is at its peak from November to May, there are turtles coming ashore every night all year round!

Working alongside research biologists, fellow volunteers and our dedicated local team, you will get to learn so much about the local environment and sea turtles. All of the research data we gather will be collated and published every year to not only help us improve but we also hope that we can change the current situation in Sri Lanka and the sanctuaries.

You will spend the majority of your days and nights on the beach working with wild turtles! Depending on what your group has been scheduled to do for the day, you could be up helping from as early as 6am or on a late night beach patrol until 2am! No two days will ever be the same and at the blink of a eye you could be off to rescue a turtle!

We have identified 3 beaches close to our hatchery that we regularly work on and we hope one day will be safe havens so the nests can remain on the beach as nature intended. In an ideal world there would be no need for hatcheries and we hope from the work we do and the data we gather, we can eventually make this a reality.

Located along the west coast of Sri Lanka that is famed for its beautiful beaches, this unique programme will allow you to enjoy the ultimate slice of Sri Lankan paradise.

You will be staying just a stones throw away from palm tree lined beaches that have crystal clear waters from the Indian Ocean. You will get to explore Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage, discover their stunning coastlines and live within the local community where everyone is so friendly.

You will get hands-on experience with this once in a lifetime opportunity to work so closely with these beautiful creatures. You will leave feeling rewarded, after having made such a positive impact on the future survival of sea turtles. Get ready for some unforgettable memories and amazing experiences in this truly beautiful country.

Every nest, every egg, every hatchling and every turtle released is crucial to the survival of the species.

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The real Sri Lanka Experience

Seeing all of Sri Lanka and meeting the amazing people there could have not been any more perfect. An incredible 3 weeks that I will never forget.

Samantha's story

Volunteering with my family in Sri Lanka

My family and I chose to volunteer in Sri Lanka last August for 3 weeks. We wanted to introduce the children to volunteering so that we could all help give something back to a local community.

Sue's story

Sea turtle conservation in Sri Lanka

My daughter and I volunteered with sea turtles last August and we would 100% recommend The Mighty Roar; we have even looked at doing another project in the next year.

Jennie's story