These reptiles are famous for their slow movements and scales-covering bodies. Are all these clues enough to explain what animal it is? – Well, who didn’t know the turtles! These reptiles are widely distributed in almost all parts around the world.
Recently, the number of turtles in the wild has decreased dramatically and close to extinction. Through World Turtle Day, let’s together find a way how to protect them!
History of World Turtle Day
World Turtle Day was established in 1990 by the American turtle rescue organization. Every year on May 23rd, we celebrate World Turtle Day to raising awareness and to know better about the turtles. Why? That’s because the concerning problems we have to face together.
First, turtle population in the wild are being threatened due to the amount of plastic garbage and polluted habitats. Unfortunately, many people are still not aware of the cause of throwing plastic waste into the sea.
Second, climate change contributes 70% to the decline of turtle species. The danger that can occur if turtles become extinct is the loss of food sources for other animals. Moreover, it can threaten the stability of the environment because turtles can help spread various seeds that are important to plants. If that’s happen, it will be really a worst things for our planet and nature!
How To Celebrate
According from the purpose of the day, you and me also can celebrate the day! It can be as simple as learning about turtles through the internet or going to conservation sites such as Bali Safari Park.
You can also try to use the hashtag #WorldTurtleDay at every post on your social media platform. On the day, Bali Safari Park doing Instagram Live to tell people about the existence of turtles. At the same times we also giving our turtles in the Park enrichment as a form of appreciation.
Happy World Turtle Day!