Madras Crocodile Bank Trust – India (2007)

The coast of Chennai in southern India has been a historically important nesting area for sea turtles. Recognizing the importance of educating and sensitizing local Chennai schoolchildren, the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT) seeks to integrate those children into its awareness programs for conservation of Sea Turtles.

Using funds from a 2007 SWOT outreach Grant, MCBT inaugurated its educational program at Bhuvana Krishnan Matriculation Higher Secondary School in the state of Tamil Nadu. There, nearly 200 children, ages 12 to 15, and their teachers enjoyed MCBT’s puppet theater, poster exhibition, and slideshow about conservation of Chennai’s olive ridley turtles. The bank plans to extend its program to several local schools in the coming months, contributing copies of SWOT Report to each school’s library.