Dubai, 29 November 2017: Jumeirah Group celebrated the UAE’s 46th National Day with the release of 13 rehabilitated sea turtles into the Arabian Gulf next to Jumeirah Al Naseem.
The turtles released were from three species, the loggerhead, green and hawksbill
sea turtle. Five of the turtles, named Aqua, Lucky, Spots, Oogie and Turtala,
were fitted with satellite linked tags, sponsored by the Dubai Aquarium and
Underwater Zoo (DAUZ). The tags will enable the teams to collect vital data
about their progress in the wild.
This release follows a collaborative programme which saw ten of the released turtles from the DTRP reside at the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo for a few months during the hot summer months. This helped raise awareness of the regional plight of sea turtles and the threats they face. Four of these turtles were amputees, having lost a flipper due to entanglement in plastic. Discarded plastic is currently one of the largest threats to sea turtles, and the DTRP are currently focusing their satellite tagging research on these amputees to make sure that they can survive successfully after such an injury and, integrate back into the wild. Through the project, the DTRP team has satellite tagged over 55 sea turtles in the UAE.
The rehabilitated turtles were all rescued from the shores of the UAE and nursed back to health by the DTRP, one of the longest standing Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in the region and the only project of its kind in the Middle East. The DTRP is at the forefront of sea turtle rehabilitation protocols and veterinary procedures. This latest release takes the total number of turtles treated and released to over 1,500 since the project began in 2004.
Warren Baverstock, Burj Al Arab’s Aquarium Operations Manager, said: “We have rescued 290 turtles this year alone and are very proud to celebrate National Day by releasing 13 rehabilitated sea turtles back into their environment. We would like to thank everyone that has brought injured turtles to us so we were able to rehabilitate them.”
The DTRP is run in collaboration with Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office, with essential veterinary support provided by the Dubai Falcon Hospital and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory. The day-to-day running of the project and the animal husbandry is managed by Burj Al Arab’s dedicated aquarium team.
Recently, the DTRP published results in the journal Plos One, forming the first scientific paper in the UAE to document the long term satellite tracking of Green Turtles. This paper shows that sea turtles can be successfully reintroduced into the wild after sustaining serious injuries and undergoing rehabilitation. This scientific paper is a massive achievement for the Jumeirah Group’s sea turtle conservation work, with the collation of nearly 12 years of green sea turtle tracking data.
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Information about Jumeirah CSR click here
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To watch the turtles being tagged click here
The DTRP is based at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and Jumeirah Al Naseem. It is run by Burj Al Arab's dedicated aquarium team in collaboration with the Dubai Wildlife Protection Office, with essential veterinary support provided by the Dubai Falcon Clinic and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory. The project impacts the national, regional and international sea turtle populations by increasing the number of animals in the environment that would have otherwise perished. Only one out of 1000 sea turtle hatchlings will reach sexual maturity. By saving these animals and releasing them back into the wild we are increasing the chances of the number of turtles that could possibly reaching breeding age. The DTRP is based at Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah and is run in collaboration with Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office, with essential veterinary support provided by the Dubai Falcon Hospital and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory.
About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts including the flagship Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts manages properties in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Kuwait in the Middle East; Frankfurt, Istanbul, London and Mallorca (Spain) in Europe; the Maldives and Shanghai in Asia. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah LivingTM with properties in London and Dubai; the wellness brand TaliseTM; Jumeirah Restaurant Group DubaiTM; Wild Wadi WaterparkTM; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality ManagementTM; Jumeirah SiriusTM, its global loyalty programme; and isme by Jumeirah™ an app based rewards programme in the UAE. Future openings include luxury hotels in the UAE, Indonesia, China, Oman, Jordan, Malaysia and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. www.jumeirah.com
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