On January 8, a guest at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu discovered a green turtle in distress on the resort’s beach. As per the resort’s protocol, colleagues notified the Sabah Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU), which dispatched a team of veterinarians and rangers to check on the turtle. The team identified the turtle as an endangered Green turtle, which is the most common species found in Malaysia and nests in large numbers on the Sabah beaches.
The rescued turtle is now under the care of the Gaya Island Turtle Rescue Centre and Marine Sanctuary. The turtle will remain under observation and expert care as they nurse the turtle back to health, and eventually release the turtle into a safe habitat.
“Rasa Ria advocates the protection of wildlife through conservation and education with the help of our dedicated 64-acre Rasa Ria Reserve,” said Fiona Hagan, general manager of Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu. “The resort collaborates with various partners such as the Sabah Wildlife Department and Sabah Park and Wildlife Rescue Unit among others to drive the importance of conservation and protection of wildlife. It was a privilege to shoulder the responsibility of rescuing this turtle along with the experts from Sabah Wildlife Rescue Unit.”
This reactive project is just one way the resort supports the beautiful Sabah environment. The resort also supports ocean health and marine life through the No Plastics Campaign, which successfully eliminated single-use plastic straws and plastic bottles on property since its launch in February 2018. The campaign also reduces the use of plastic bags and builds awareness about the importance of reducing human impact on the ocean.
Way to go, team!