The Olive Ridley Project (ORP), founded in 2013, is a charity registered in England & Wales and in the Maldives whose mission is to protect sea turtles and their habitats through rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education and outreach. The name ‘Olive Ridley Project’ is testament to the charity’s humble beginnings of documenting olive ridley turtle entanglements in the Maldives. Although they have since expanded their mission, their name remains the same as a reminder of where it all started!
In January 2015, we at Coco Collection announced our official partnership with ORP, with an aim to help injured sea turtles through medical intervention and intensive rehabilitation.
To that end, in February 2017, we opened our first Marine Turtle Rescue Centre, here at Coco Palm Dhuni Kohlu, which at the time of opening, was the first fully-equipped, veterinary-run rescue centre for sea turtles in the Maldives. Since its inception, the centre has cared for and rehabilitated sea turtles with grievous injuries, often sustained from ghost net entanglement, all across the country.