Conservation

Office of TWA Sangalaki

Sangalaki Island established as a marine recreation park in 1982, with total coverage of 280 Ha of land and sea.On land, Sangalaki Island is covered with coastal forest, while underwater it has healthy coral reefs and patchy seagrass beds.It is under the management of BKSDA Kaltim.

Sangalaki Island is known for its turtle conservation program. This island is a prime nesting site for green turtle and hawksbill turtle. Sea turtle conservation activities include: protection of nesting habitat, monitoring and evaluation, and turtle egg relocation to a semi-natural hatchery. Turtle nesting season is between July to August. During the peak of nesting season, there can be more 40 female turtles nesting in one night. The highest number is 70 turtles in one night. Nesting beaches in Sangalaki are being cleaned from debris and garbage regularly, to remove obstacles for nesting turtles. Turtles are sensitive to disturbance, therefore approaching this gentle giant should be done carefully. Therefore, tourist intending to watch nesting turtle should be accompanied by local ranger and obey his/her instruction at all times.

 

Aside from turtles, another interesting organism are Sangalaki's manta rays. Sangalaki has several manta diving and snorkeling spot. Those are popular diving spot. It is easy to find manta rays and swim along with them. If you don't act menacing, the rays will even swim towards you or circling around you.

There are also a species of megapod.This bird burrow their eggs on the ground. They cover their nest with dirt and making a large mound, upt to 2,5 m high.

A megapod's nest.

BKSDA also do public awareness campaign targetting tourist and local community around Sangalaki Island. They are also do night patrol to monitor turtle nesting and tourist can go with them to understand turtle better.