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Species Conservation

Because every species has its unique and irreplaceable roles within an ecosystem

Every species is part of a complex network of interactions, and the loss of one species can have far-reaching consequences throughout the ecosystem. The extinction of a species can trigger a cascade of negative effects, impacting other species and ecosystem dynamics. By protecting species, we help maintain the intricate balance of nature.


Through the years, conservation involves a very tough and complex works. We learned that to save the species and its ecosystem, problems should be addressed and resolved holistically and comprehensively in order to achieve more effective outcomes. Therefore, we believe the One Plan Approach is the best approach for our species conservation program because it recognizes that species and ecosystem are interconnected, and addressing their conservation needs collectively can lead to better conservation outcomes.


Initially, our rescue facility held a 19 Malayan Giant Turtle that were confiscated from illegal pet trade in 2003. It was only started in 2018 when we did the disposal assessment of whole animal resident and found out the actual number of MGT individuals are 40, meaning some individuals were detected able to breed!

The Malayan Giant Turtle (Orlitia borneensis) distributed along Peninsular Malaysia and its population has depleted so much of its range – recently stated as Critically Endangered by IUCN – and at least 80% of population has declined over the last 90 years! Poaching and habitat loss are the biggest threat for this species.

We thought that restoring the population of Malayan Giant Turtle is very important, especially to help protect the freshwater ecosystem.


Considering our expertise in ex-situ field, also in-line with the conservation action priority for this species, we believe establishing an assurance colony through conservation breeding is recognized as a first, crucial conservation step in restoring the MGT populations in the wild.


Saving Malayan Giant Turtle from the Brink of Extinction, Phase I: establishing a healthy and genetically viable assurance colony

Currently we manage the productive population of MGT together with our partners: GembiraLoka Zoo, Konklusi Foundation, and also Indonesia Herpetofauna Foundation. We are thankful to get the support from IUCN ASAP to start this.
By running this program, we also aim to obtain the information about this species as much as possible to aid its conservation efforts.
Due to site relocation plan, we were forced to move and manage the current population to the zoo.
In the future we would like to build the home for this population in the new site whilst continue to develop the program to the next phase

Tojeiro volunteered at WRC in 2018 and instantly fell in love. He decided to leave his job in the Netherlands to work alongside our keepers, managing projects and making sure all the animals get the best care possible. During the relocation period, Tojeiro studied animal health management to increase his capacity in the field of animal welfare.