It’s no secret that Sylvan Dell loves turtles. From Carolina that started it all to those turtles in our sandbox and Tudley we have written and educated young minds about the turtles living in the sea and on land. Today we celebrate World Turtle Day, started 12 years ago by the American Tortoise Rescue to bring awareness to the problems that the world’s turtles are facing.
Turtles are one of the world’s oldest species, and they are disappearing due to several factors.
- Turtle habitats are shrinking.
- The pet market has increased demand and taken turtles out of the wild.
- Turtles are being poached and sold on the food market. In some countries, their eggs, considered a delicacy are plucked out of nests before they have a chance to hatch.
- Turtle shells are highly sought after to make fashion, and decorative pieces.
- Sea turtles nests are very vulnerable to predators and human interference, as well as a shrinking population.
- Fishing nets are a major threat to the sea turtle population in many parts of the world.
These are only a few factors that threaten turtles, and many of these problems are preventable. Today is a day to learn more about our slow and steady creatures, and do what we can to help keep all our turtles around for 200 million more years.