Pawikan Conservation Center

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Nagbalayong, Morong Bataan, Philippines

Pawikan Conservation Center Morong Bataan Reviews

ted332 ted332
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Dec 02, 2007
Pawikan is the Olive Ridley species of sea turtle. Located in Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan is the site of a community-based Pawikan Conservation Program which started in late 1999.Manned by former poachers and turtle egg collectors who turned into marine turtle conservation advocates, the Program's mission is to secure the eggs laid during the nesting season (between September and January) and transfer them into the hatchery to facilitate breeding and to contribute to the regeneration of the fishing grounds.

Many tourists go to this sanctuary during the nesting season and especially during the Pawikan Festival(November 29-30) to be able to get a chance to see turtles come up to shore at night to lay their eggs. During the Pawikan Festival, tourists are even able to "adopt a turtle" and personally hold and release a baby turtle into the sea.

One day visit to this center is enough but if you want to stay overnight to watch the egg-laying turtles, and join the night patrol then you can request for accomodation arrangement.
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ted332 says:
The turtles shouldn't be held in captivity. They come out at night, lay their eggs, leave them on the shore, and go back to the ocean. The Conservation Center protects them from poachers so they are supposed to be free from harm within the protected area in Morong. The eggs will then be collected and placed in the hatchery. When hatched, the small turtles will be released to the ocean. :)
Posted on: Dec 03, 2007
the_bloodsucker says:
but where are the pictures of the tutles? :-/ :-D
Posted on: Dec 03, 2007
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