Current Turtle Patients
Our Current Turtle Patients ~ Click on an image for the full story.
The ORP Marine Turtle Rescue Centre at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu in Baa Atoll can accommodate 8 turtle patients at a time. The turtles are cared for by our resident Sea Turtle Veterinarian and a team of interns and volunteers. Injured turtles are brought to the rescue centre from all over Maldives, mostly by boat, but some times by seaplane!
Guests at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu can visit the turtles and join the daily feeding sessions.
The ORP Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre at One & Only Reethi Rah in North Malé Atoll can accommodate up to 2 turtle patients at a time. The patients here are generally in need of long-term rehabilitation without veterinary care – usually due to buoyancy issues. The turtle patients are cared for by our resident Sea Turtle Biologist under the supervision of Lead Vet and the resident Sea Turtle Vet at the Marine Turtle Rescue Centre.
Depending on their injuries, our turtle patients stay anywhere for a couple of days to several months; the longest staying patients are those suffering from buoyancy syndrome such as Penny. She stayed with us for almost two years before we could release her! Our aim is to rescue, rehabilitate and release all our turtle patients: sadly, some do pass away.
Adopt A Turtle Patient
By adopting one of our turtle patients, you will contribute towards the cost of our patient’s veterinary care, medications, food and transport. You will also help fund our core charitable objectives, such as expanding our rescue and rehabilitation efforts and further our understanding of sea turtle veterinary care; broaden our research into sea turtles and their conservation; grow our education and outreach programs; and protect sea turtles and their habitats.
You will receive a personalised adoption certificate with the history of how your adopted turtle came to our Rescue Centre and a fact sheet about olive ridley sea turtles. You will also receive updates on how your adopted turtle’s recovery is going (if you wish) and notification in case of a release. Gift adoptions are also available.