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Kalam calls for Olive Ridley turtle rookery

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CONSERVATION EFFORTS: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam releasing a LaCONES publication in Hyderabad on Thursday. Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy is also seen. PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU
CONSERVATION EFFORTS: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam releasing a LaCONES publication in Hyderabad on Thursday. Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy is also seen. PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU

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Narrates how he donned role of turtle saviour

HYDERABAD: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Thursday spoke of how he donned the role of saviour of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles and his dream of creating an experimental turtle rookery on one of the islands off Orissa, the site for a missile launch complex.

After dedicating the Laboratory for Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES), Mr. Kalam narrated how while working as leader of a missile development team at Wheeler Island, he had received a message from Prof. Padma Hejmadi, a conservationist, saying that the lights in the range created problems in the hatching of the Olive Ridley.

He studied the problem with his team, which took a number of facilitating measures such as controlled lighting whenever needed and reducing the movement of people and vehicles on the beach. On creating a rookery, he suggested such a scientific endeavour could be undertaken as a joint venture among LaCONES, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and Defence Research and Development Organisation, ecologists and biologists.


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