SHELL OUT FOR A TUR­TLE

Australian Geographic - - Wild Australia -

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.

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