Saving Endangered Turtles in the Pacific Northwest

 
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Saving Endangered Turtles in the Pacific Northwest

Saving Endangered Turtles in the Pacific Northwest
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Newly-hatched Western Pond Turtle

Newly-hatched Western Pond Turtle
In the wild, this fragile baby turtle would be very vulnerable to predators like bullfrogs. (view small | med | large | orig)

Turtle Growth: Before and After

Turtle Growth: Before and After
Thanks to lots of food, warmth and light, baby turtles grow quickly during their 10 months at the Oregon Zoo. The turtle on the left has just arrived at the Zoo, while the adolescent turtle on the right is ready to be released in the wild. (view small | med | large | orig)

Weighing Turtles

Weighing Turtles
Oregon Zoo keepers monitor the turtles' weight to determine when they can safely be released in the wild. (view small | med | large | orig)

Tagging Turtles

Tagging Turtles
Zoo keeper Michelle Schireman tags a turtle in preparation for its release. Scientists track the turtles after they've been returned to the wild, and marks like this help the scientists trace individual turtles' progress. (view small | med | large | orig)

Releasing Turtles

Releasing Turtles
Once the turtles weigh about 70 grams, they're transported to ponds and lakes in the state of Washington. In this photo, children enrolled in the Gorge Explorers' Summer Stewards program help Dr. David Shepherdson release turtles near the Columbia River Gorge. (view small | med | large | orig)

A Learning Opportunity

A Learning Opportunity
A scientist explains the behavior and life-span of wild Western pond turtles to teens from the Oregon Zoo's Zoo Animal Presenters program, the Youth Conservation Corp and the Skamania Youth Forest Success program. (view small | med | large | orig)

Ready to Go

Ready to Go
A Zoo volunteer holds a turtle at the release site. (view small | med | large | orig)

Almost There...

Almost There...
Turtles are carefully placed in the water one at a time. (view small | med | large | orig)

Going Home

Going Home
A turtle swims safely off into its new home. (view small | med | large | orig)
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Project Leader

Heidi Wilcox

Corporate & Foundation Relations Manager
Portland, Oregon United States

Where is this project located?

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