World Turtle Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of protecting turtles and tortoises, as well as their habitats. The day serves to educate the public about the role these reptiles play in our ecosystems and emphasises the need for conservation efforts to help mitigate the decline in turtle populations worldwide. Turtles have been on earth for over 200 million year and are facing various threats such as loss of habitat, pollution, climate change, and illegal trade.
The history of World Turtle Day traces back to its inception in 2000 by the American Tortoise Rescue, a non-profit organisation founded in 1990 for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle. The United Kingdom has a significant role in international wildlife trade regulations and conservation efforts. Some native species to the UK, such as the European pond turtle, are facing extinction.
In the United Kingdom, various activities are organised to celebrate World Turtle Day, including educational workshops, fundraising events, and conservation projects. Participants take part in beach clean-ups, attend talks and presentations, and engage with conservation organisations to promote the protection of turtles and tortoises. World Turtle Day is observed annually on May 23rd. This day provides the UK and the global community an opportunity to learn, appreciate, and contribute to the preservation of these essential reptiles.
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World Turtle Day references and related siteswww.worldturtleday.org: American Tortoise Rescue www.seeturtles.org: Sea Turtles, Sea Turtle Threats www.britannica.com: Encyclopedia Britannica