What is World Turtle Day, Why it is celebrated on 23rd May
What is World Turtle Day, Why it is celebrated on 23rd May

What is World Turtle Day? - World Turtle Day, celebrated on May 23, is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of protecting turtles and their habitats. Turtles are ancient and intriguing reptiles, having existed for over 200 million years, even before snakes, crocodiles, and alligators. Despite their seemingly slow and quiet nature, turtles are fascinating creatures with significant ecological roles.

Why Celebrate World Turtle Day?

The day is an opportunity to educate people about the threats turtles face and encourage actions to help them thrive in their natural environments. Out of the 300 species of turtles, 129 are currently endangered. Protecting these species is crucial for maintaining biodiversity and ecological balance.

History and Significance

World Turtle Day was established in 2000 by the American Tortoise Rescue (ATR), a non-profit organization founded by Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson. ATR focuses on rescuing and rehabilitating all types of turtles and tortoises. The day is celebrated worldwide with various activities aimed at promoting turtle conservation.

How is World Turtle Day Celebrated?

People celebrate World Turtle Day in many ways:

Events and Activities: Numerous events are organized to educate the public about turtle conservation. These include workshops, lectures, and exhibitions.
Rescue Missions: Volunteers often help turtles cross roads safely and return them to their natural habitats.
School Programs: Educational activities and courses in schools help raise awareness among children about the importance of protecting turtles.
Understanding Turtles

Turtles are reptiles with hard shells that provide protection from predators. They belong to one of the oldest reptile groups and have adapted to live in diverse environments around the world, except for Antarctica. The scientific order of turtles, Testudines (or Chelonia), is divided into two suborders: Cryptodira and Pleurodira. These suborders encompass 13 families, 75 genera, and over 300 species.

Most turtle species are found in Southeastern North America and South Asia. In contrast, Europe is home to only five species, highlighting the regional differences in turtle distribution.

World Turtle Day on May 23 is a celebration of these remarkable reptiles and a call to action to protect them. By raising awareness and taking steps to conserve turtle populations, we contribute to preserving our planet's biodiversity for future generations.

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