From egg hunter to protector, Malaysian battles to save turtles

Volunteers hold baby green sea turtles after checking on the nests on the shore of the Chagar Hutang Turtle Sanctuary, on Redang island, Terengganu. Conservationists have been making progress in the east coast state, which has announced it will ban the trade in turtle eggs. – AFP pic, July 21, 2020.

AZIZ Mustaffa used to collect turtles’ eggs from a Malaysian beach and sell them. But nowadays, he makes a living as a ranger protecting the creatures’ nesting sites. 

His transformation is one success in an uphill struggle to defend the endangered reptiles who swim ashore to the tropical country from the South China Sea to lay their eggs in the sand. 

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