Saving the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle
Houston Zoo and NOAA Fisheries release endangered sea turtles
The Houston Zoo is well known across the country for its conservation efforts. These hometown heroes have travelled all over the world in order to help protect the beautiful creatures that find themselves in danger of encroaching humans. The programs that they support run the gamut of animals; gorillas, lions, elephants, and, most recently, the African painted dogs. These are just a few of the animals that they fight to protect. However, recently, the Houston Zoo has turned its sights inward and is helping endangered sea turtles close.
Yesterday morning, at Galveston’s Stewart Beach, 51 endangered sea turtles were released back into the wild after rehabilitation. 49 of these rehabilitated turtles were brought in after a deadly cold spell in Cape Code back in December. The turtles, suffering from cold stunning, were part of a record-breaking 1,200 turtles that suffered from prolonged exposer to the freezing Atlantic waters. Out of the 51 sea turtles released early yesterday morning, 50 of the released turtles were Kemp’s ridley sea turtles and one single Logger head turtle.
While Houston Zoo vet techs looked after and healed the turtles, they were housed at the NOAA Sea Turtle Facility. Both parties worked closely with the Galveston Moody Gardens to plan and time the release of the multitude of turtles.
You can visit the Houston Zoo’s Facebook page for footage of the release. Remember, sea turtle nesting season is right around the corner down in Galveston, so please refrain from disturbing any nests you may come across.