World Turtle Day

World Turtle Day Quick Facts - US

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2021 DateMay 23, 2021
2022 DateMay 23, 2022
World Turtle Day

World Turtle Day History

World Turtle Day seeks to raise awareness about turtles and tortoises. This day aims to protect them and their habitats. It encourages people to learn more about them in order to keep them safe and protected. According to seeturtles.org, 6 out of 7 turtle species are classified as threatened or endangered. This means if nothing is done, they may go extinct in the future.

World Turtle Day was created in 2000 by the nonprofit organization American Tortoise Rescue. It is observed annually on May 23rd.

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World Turtle Day Facts

  • The American Tortoise Rescue gives the following tips on helping turtles and tortoises: never buy from a pet shop, report sales of animals less then four inches; don't remove them from the wild; report illegal sales or cruelty to animal control; help tortoises cross the road by carrying them to the other side, but don't try to turn them around as they'll go back on the road; write to legislators to protect their habitat.
  • There are seven species of sea turtles. According to Seeturtles.org six of the seven are threatened or endangered. Threats to sea turtles include: entanglement in fishing gear, poaching and illegal trade of eggs, meat, and shells, coastal development, plastic and other marine debris, global warming, ocean pollution, turtleshell trade.
  • All tortoises are turtles, but not all turtles are tortoises. Tortoises are exclusively land animals.
  • Adwaita, an Aldabra giant tortoise, holds the verified record for longest-lived known tortoise. He lived to be 189 years old.

World Turtle Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Volunteer to help save turtles. Here's a list of different programs you can take part in.
  • Watch this short animated video detailing the challenges infant sea turtles go through.
  • Check out this hilarious 2014 promotional video by Nickelodeon.
  • Watch a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie or episode. The first movie from 1990 is a fan favorite .

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