Fest brings to light plight of tur­tles

Central Leader - - NEWS -

A new ini­tia­tive that aims to in­crease aware­ness of the dangers tur­tles face and en­cour­age hu­man ac­tion to help them sur­vive is un­der way at Kelly Tarl­ton’s Sea Life Aquar­ium.

Tur­tle Fest is on un­til June 2 and will com­mem­o­rate World Tur­tle Day to­mor­row.

Since 1991 Kelly Tarl­ton’s Sea Life Aquar­ium has run a suc­cess­ful tur­tle re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme.

At the aquar­ium’s tur­tle nurs­ing cen­tre – the only one in New Zealand – the pro­gramme has nursed back to health 72 sick and in­jured tur­tles, in­clud­ing many en­dan­gered species such as the hawks­bill tur­tle.

Tur­tle Fest is in the aquar­ium’s newly de­vel­oped Con­ser­va­tion Zone.

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