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That brings another #WorldTurtleDay to a close. We’ll be sharing more words of wisdom from experts in the coming weeks. We leave you with this:

The American Tortoise Rescue has come up with a few things YOU can do to help turtles and tortoises this year.  

Biologists and other experts predict the disappearance of turtles and tortoises within the next 50 years. Adults and children can do a few small things that can help save turtles and tortoises for future generations.

  • Never buy a turtle or tortoise from a pet shop as it increases demand from the wild.
  •  Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured.  
  • If a tortoise is crossing a busy highway, pick it up and send it in the same direction it was going – if you try to make it go back, it will turn right around again.  
  • Write letters to legislators asking them to keep sensitive habitat preserved or closed to off-road vehicles and to prevent off shore drilling that can lead to endangered sea turtle deaths.
  • Report cruelty or illegal sales of turtles and tortoises to your local animal control shelter.
  • Report the use of tiny turtles as prizes at carnivals and other events.  It’s illegal.
  • Report the sale of any turtle or tortoise of any kind less than four inches.  It is illegal to buy and sell them throughout the U.S.

This video was taken by sherrylephotography May 2015. Sea Turtle at Richardson Beach in Hilo, Hawaii

To Day is World Turtle Day May 23, sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, 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.[1][2][3]