A team of scientists from KAUST: the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and Red Sea Development Company recently returned two hawksbill sea turtles, which are considered rare and endangered.
This initiative was led by KAUST Graduate and Director of Protected Organisms, Dr. Royal Hardenstein at the Red Sea Company, and her colleague, Mr. Khaled Al-Dahlawi, Senior Director of Compliance and Enforcement at the company
This initiative trains local volunteers to be environmental supervisors for shoreline monitoring, in addition to providing educational and awareness lessons that enable residents to conserve the environment.
The team named “Hope and Life” for the two turtles, which they returned to their natural habitat on the island of “Al-Waqadi” after they recovered.
It is worth noting that this island is a protected area within the maritime boundaries of the Red Sea Development Company, which has been designated as a reserve for the nests of these endangered turtles.