This year, in honor of #WorldTurtleDay, we asked herpetologists, biologists, rescues, and rehabbers, to tell us what they wish more people knew about Turtles and Tortoises. Starting today we’ll be sharing a few responses a day! Let’s learn more about the animals we love from people who have devoted their lives to protecting them.
Biologist and fellow tumblrite @typhlonectes shares some important perspective and a call to action.
I want people to know that a lot of turtles are in trouble. Out of the 325+ species of turtle in the world, up to a 3rd of them are in trouble in some way, some them critically endangered, some even extinct in the wild, living only in captivity now.
Turtles face threats from overcollection as food, overcollection for the pet industry, and habitat destruction.
People can and should help threatened and endangered turtles through conservation organizations like: