Kosgoda is famous for is sea turtle conservation project operated by the Wild Life Protection Spciety of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1988 to protect Sri Lanka’s turtles from extinction. Since then it has released about 3.5 million baby turtles into the wild.
The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the long sandy beach. Althougth October to April is the main laying season, some eggs (mostly green turtles) can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year.
The hatchery buries the eggs in sand, and when they hatch around 50 days later the baby turtles are released into the sea at night. Only about one in 1,000 turtles survives to maturity.
Kosgodaturtle hatchery also has tanks for injured or disabled turtles, including albino turtles that would not survive in the wild.