Among all the marine animals out there, turtles are among my favorite and I take every opportunity to interact with them. Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation project makes it even easier as its doors are always open to visitors.
The Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) is based at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and Madinat Jumeirah and is run in collaboration with Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office, with essential veterinary support provided by the Dubai Falcon Clinic and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory.
The project has been running in its current form since 2004 and has so far seen the release of over 1,600 rescued sea turtles back into Dubai’s waters.
In 2011 alone over 350 sick or injured sea turtles have been treated by the DTRP after being washed up on the regions beaches. The DTRP is currently the only project of its kind in the Middle East and Red Sea region.
The project’s aims are beyond just rescuing the turtles in the area. Educating children is another important focus. Anyone can come and see the turtles at any time at Jumeirah Al Naseem and on Wednesdays there is a feeding session happening at 11 AM.
To understand turtles better, DTRP uses satellite tracking devices to study their movements throughout the region and beyond.
We protect what we love so take the opportunity to learn something new about the turtles and witness their recovery journey. To learn more visit Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project on FB.