Have you ever seen a terrapin smile? Well, some former egg poachers in Malaysia are giving this critically endangered turtle a very good reason to smile.
So, that’s what a terrapin smile looks like!
The villagers of Kampung Pasir Gajah in Terengganu normally collect and poach a variety of eggs to survive, and due to economic hardship, they were even bound to target these endangered turtles.
Surprisingly, instead of overlooking the fact that people may need to collect the eggs to survive, the Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia decided to kill two birds with one stone (as inappropriate as that idiom is to use concerning a conservation group). They started helping the turtles by helping people.
Terrapins are the answer to all of life’s problems!
Through education and the involvement of the non-profit group, the organization helped villagers find alternate sources of income beyond poaching eggs.
For example, the Wazel family, headed by patriarch Pak and his son Azmi, are involved with the conservation projects as “Terrapin Guardians,” or “Geng Tuntung.” Pak’s daughter, Nurul, runs a food stall and finds that the conservation group aids her business by using it as a catering business.
What can you do to help terrapins?
According to Our Better World, “Adopt a terrapin or seven, and see your good multiplied, because what’s good for the terrapin is good for the terrapin guardian.”