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World Turtle Day is an annual observance aimed at raising awareness and promoting the protection of turtles and tortoises, as well as their habitats worldwide. As one of the oldest creatures on Earth, turtles play a vital role in ecosystems and are considered cultural symbols in various indigenous communities. In Australia, this observance carries special significance as it highlights the importance of conserving the unique marine life inhabiting the region.
Established in 2000 by the American Tortoise Rescue, World Turtle Day has since grown into a global movement, bringing together environmentalists, animal enthusiasts, and governments to address the conservation of these vulnerable species. For Australians, protecting the native turtle population, including the Eastern Snake-necked Turtle and the Green Sea Turtle, is of great importance. These animals are not only critical to maintaining ecological balance but are also an integral part of indigenous Australian culture, where they are known as
World Turtle Day is observed on the 23rd of May each year, with various activities and events designed to educate and inspire action towards the protection of turtles and their environments. From beach clean-ups to educational workshops, Australians join together on this day to celebrate and advocate for the conservation of turtles and their habitats, ensuring their continued existence for generations to come.
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