The Perhentian Turtle Project cannot make it without its backbone. Its the passion that drives the team's diligence in enhancing sea turtle and marine awarenessaround the islands.
Melisa's history with the Perhentian Turtle Project began in 2011 as a volunteer. After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Ecology with a concentration in Marine Biology and Conservation, she took on the role of Project Manager in 2018. She hopes to conserve the sea turtle populations and marine life of the Perhentian by working with the locals - it's their island and source of livelihood after all. If MIA, she's most likely "onioning" (gossiping) with the locals for the latest intel.
Ellie graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a master's degree in Coastal and Marine Resource Management in 2016. Since then, she has worked with several species in South Africa and Cape Verde before returning to work with turtles in the Perhentians. Now, she can be found rescuing cats from around the islands or sleeping in the hammock.
By far the most cheerful member of the 2019 family, Amsyar is currently studying Bachelor of Marine Science at University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT). He is also a part of the Navy Reserve Officer Training Unit at UMT, He enjoys taking photos on land and under the sea. Amsyar's best friend during free time is music.
"When I was 7, my mother told me that I must believe in myself. I'm only halfway through enjoying the best moments of life. I love you mom!" -Amsyar
Zyeffa indulged herself in debating, dancing, and diving during her undergraduate study. Ever since she is selected to be an executive member of Young Conservationist Club under Sea turtle Research Institute (SEATRU), she spent her time explores in-depth on the sea turtle. Though that, for her research study, she worked on coral crab. As a member of Youth South East Asian Leadership Initiatives (YSEALI), she has worked together with other conservation efforts as well.
Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much
- Helen Keller