Luxury Maldivian resort One&Only Reethi Rah has partnered with The Olive Ridley Project in opening a turtle rehabilitation habitat. Located at the property’s Dive & Excursions Centre, the habitat has been designed to help injured turtles.
Under the care of a dedicated biologist, each turtle is given specialist treatment such as physiotherapy and surgery. The property also keeps trap of the surrounding turtle population by taking photo IDs of each animal and sharing it with the sea turtle ID programme.
One&Only Reethi Rah GM Jan B. Tibaldi said: “This partnership is very special for One&Only Reethi Rah. We have been fortunate to have several female green sea turtles choose our beaches to make their nests for many years and we feel privileged to share our island with these wonderful creatures.”
Doubling as a guest experience, guests can come in to name to name the turtles and join twice daily feedings at the centre while learning about the turtles currently housed.
Dr. Claire Petros, from the Olive Ridley Project added, “We are working towards building a number of rehabilitation centres in different locations within The Maldives for turtles requiring ongoing care. Partnering with One&Only Reethi Rah as the first resort in North Malé Atoll to build a rescue hub for turtles is a big step forward.”