Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation
Mai Khao is one of the few Phuket beaches that continues to welcome nesting turtles. The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation works with guests to rescue eggs from our surrounding beaches when the necessary natural and peaceful environment can no longer be guaranteed. The eggs are given to the Phuket Marine Biological Centre and Royal Thai Navy who provide a safe home for the eggs to hatch and the young turtles to gain strength before finding their true home in the sea.
The foundation funds these programmes, and over the years has broadened its environmental efforts to not only ensure the conservation of the leatherback and other turtles but also to preserve the environment with the involvement of local communities, schools, universities, government organisations and other NGOs.
MKMTF is dedicated to educating the community about the plight of the sea turtles in Phuket and how we each can support them. Efforts by the foundation and its supporters include: an integrated coastal management plan with its partner the International Union for the Conservation of Nature; beach and reef cleaning; educational workshops; recycling projects; mangrove tree planting; and support of other marine conservation organisations.
For more information please visit maikhaomarineturtlefoundation.org