Saving Endangered Turtles in the Pacific Northwest

 
$17,565
$14,891
Raised
Remaining

Summary

Western pond turtles are almost extinct. To protect the species, we annually care for 50-60 baby turtles until they're big enough to thrive in the wild, and thenrelease them in their natural habitat. The annual budget for this project is $16,228.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The biggest threat to endangered Western pond turtles is the bullfrog. This skilled predator isn't native to the Pacific Northwest, so local animals haven't developed defenses against it. Bullfrogs eat so many baby Western pond turtles that they've pushed the entire species to the brink of extinction. Oregon Zoo keepers raise newly-hatched turtles in captivity until they are too big for bullfrogs to eat and then release the turtles safely back into the wild.

How will this project solve this problem?

Newly-hatched baby turtles are collected and brought to the Zoo for a safe, predator-free place to grow up. After 10 months at the Zoo, the well-fed turtles are large enough to avoid most predators and are released back into the wild.

Potential Long Term Impact

The project will raise and release enough western pond turtles to create a self-sustaining population in the wild. Biologists are also restoring turtle habitat and controlling non-native predators to help save this species from extinction.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $17,565
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $14,891
Total Funding Goal: $32,456

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).

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Project Leader

Heidi Wilcox

Corporate & Foundation Relations Manager
Portland, Oregon United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Saving Endangered Turtles in the Pacific Northwest
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