SHELL OUT FOR A TURTLE
An outbreak of a mystery disease in northern NSW in 2015 decimated the Bellinger River snapping turtle population. As the disease spread, killing up to 90 per cent of these enigmatic reptiles, scientists scrambled to collect any healthy individuals they could find and place them in quarantine. Those turtles became part of breeding programs at Taronga Zoo and Symbio Wildlife Park to create ‘insurance populations’ to one day reintroduce into the wild.
A Saving our Species citizen science project is supporting water-monitoring programs to identify issues facing the turtle’s natural habitat. Please donate today to support this crucial project that will ensure these turtles can safely be returned to the wild.
TO DONATE: Visit australiangeographic.com.au/society or post a cheque to: AGS Administrator, Level 9, 54 Park St, Sydney NSW 2000.