Name And Adopt A Turtle In The Maldives

Keno, haksbill turtle, with raised flipper. Image.

Name and adopt a turtle – for yourself or as a gift – and help protect sea turtles and their habitats

As part of our Sea Turtle Photo-ID program, we offer adoptions of identified but still name-less sea turtles. When you adopt a turtle, you get to chose the name!

Your digital Sea Turtle adoption package includes:

  • A personalised adoption certificate
  • A fact-sheet about the turtle species you are adopting
  • Email updates whenever your sea turtle is re-sighted. Please note that these are wild animals so we cannot guarantee the frequency with which they are sighted.
  • Your adopted sea turtle featured on our website

How to Adopt a Turtle in the Maldives

  1. Pick your favourite turtle in the gallery below and note down the identification number.
  2. Decide on a name for your adopted sea turtle.
  3. Make a donation of minimum £50 to the Olive Ridley Project and mention the turtle ID code and the name of the turtle in the message field.
  4. Complete the Symbolic Turtle Adoption form with your details and, if this is a gift adoption, that of the gift recipient (you will be directed to the adoption form after making your donation)

Once we receive confirmation of the donation and your turtle adoption form, we will issue the adoption certificate with details about the sea turtle to you (or the gift recipient). Please allow 7 days for the issuing of the certificate.

Laamu Atoll Sea Turtles

Lhaviyani Atoll Sea Turtles

North Malé Atoll Sea Turtles

Raa Atoll Sea Turtles

How You Will Help Protect Sea Turtles By Adopting

By adopting one of our famous sea turtles, you will help us:

  Rescue and care for more sea turtles
  Remove more ghost gear
  Fund scientific research on sea turtle populations and the threats they face
  Fund educational outreach programs

Submit Your Own Sea Turtle Photos

If you find and photograph a sea turtle that is new to our database during a visit to the Maldives , or one that is yet to be named, you can chose to adopt this turtle.

To submit your own sea turtle photos for possible adoption, please email your photos to seaturtleid@oliveridleyproject.org

We need one clear image of each side of the turtle’s face. And of course, we also need to know the time and the location of the sighting. Blurry photos cannot be used.

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