World Turtle Day

The purpose of World Turtle Day, observed on May 23, is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive.

World Turtle Day is celebrated around the globe in a variety of ways, from dressing up as turtles or wearing green summer dresses, to saving turtles caught on highways, to research activities.

Turtle Day lesson plans and craft projects encourage teaching about turtles in classrooms

A team of husband-wife in the American Tortoise Rescue realised in 1990 that some species of the beautiful hard-shelled creatures are close to extinction. There were various causes of this extinction to take place, like environmental hazards, cruel hunting of these species, harvesting of their eggs for human profit, and many more. This was when they took this issue on a serious note and decided to stand for the protection of these species.

The husband and wife duo took this issue to the international platform and planned to spread awareness about the conservation of various species of turtles and tortoises across the globe. As a result of this initiative, the emergence of World Turtle Day took place, and people started celebrating it on May 23 every year. However, the official announcement of World Turtle Day occurred in 2000, and that is when this was the starting of the journey of World Turtle Day. The organization put a lot of effort into educating and encouraging people about the protection of turtles and tortoises along with the loss of their habitat.

Founded in 1990, American Tortoise Rescue is the founding sponsor of World Turtle Day invented by Miss E. Russell.

The term “WORLD TURTLE DAY” is trademarked by Susan Tellem of Malibu, California.

Featured in Chase’s Book of Annual Events, the day was created as an annual observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world.

In 2013, over 160 free Turtle Day lesson plans and teaching materials were sent out to classrooms for use with over 5,500 students. Lesson plans were provided by the Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group (TTPG), an organization that is open to all people interested in the welfare of chelonians. The TTPG is a non-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 1996 to help ensure survival of the world’s turtle and tortoise species. Individuals that maintain captive collections have a great responsibility to ensure their chelonians are properly cared for and maintained



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