World Turtle Day: Date, History, Significance and Theme

World Turtle Day: Date, History, Significance and Theme

The goal of celebrating World Turtle Day 2022 is to spread information about turtles among people and to encourage people to protect them.

World Turtle Day is celebrated every year around the world on 23 May. The goal of celebrating World Turtle Day 2022 is to spread information about turtles among people and encourage people to protect them. Let us tell you that turtles are one of the oldest reptile groups in the world, which are much older than snakes, and crocodiles.

Apparently, there are 300 species of turtles in the world, out of which 129 are endangered. This is one of the main reasons why World Turtle Day is celebrated internationally.

It is a day to raise awareness about helping turtles survive and thrive in their natural habitat. The main objective behind this day is to also educate people about the things to do to protect the habitats of turtles as well as tortoises.

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Also, the occasion is celebrated to help turtles live and grow in their natural habitat. The theme for World Turtle Day 2022 is – ‘Shellebrate!’ Asks Everyone to Love and Save Turtles.

World Turtle day was founded by the American Tortoise Rescue (ATR), a non-profit organisation, in the year 1990. The ATR was established by a husband and wife duo, Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson. In this organisation, they rescue and rehabilitate all species of tortoise and turtle, who are vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered.

Since its establishment, ATR has taken care of about 4,000 tortoises and turtles in care homes. They also help in providing information to people with sick, neglected, or abandoned turtles. On World Turtle Day, groups and communities attached to the organisation come together to celebrate the special occasion. They organise several events and activities for the preservation of animals.

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