Monday, 13 June 2016

Developing Recovery Centre for Sea Turtles

One of the great things about writing a book is that you get to know a lot about a given topic, often after the book is written. In keeping a look out for what is happening regarding tortoises and turtles, the topic of our first kids book, I'm learning so much.

In Hebrew the word for turtle is Tzav Yam, that does not really distinguish whether the water is sea water or fresh water. I forget how our amazing translator dealt with this issue, however, here is an interesting piece of information about sea turtles. 

Did you know that sea turtles are endangered? So much so that there is a need to establish a recovery centre that will cost $2M. The Sea Turtle Recovery Centre is to be created at a zoo in New Jersey called the Turtle Back Zoo. Now that is a fascinating name for a zoo. I took a look at the website and am impressed with their mission. As to how the name came about, according to the website it seems that in 1962 Max Drill, Inc was awarded funding to begin a zoo on a 15.5 acre plot of land. The zoo opened in 1963 and the name came from a specific rock formation on the mountain side near the zoo. 

From the looks of things, the zoo has a particular interest in creating a special place both for the animals and for children. I love the idea behind the mission statement, take a look: "TURTLE BACK ZOO is committed to providing an enriching recreational experience that fosters excellence in wildlife education and wildlife conservation, so that present and future generations are inspired to understand, appreciate and protect the fragile interdependence of all living things."

Well, I learned a lot about a zoo in New Jersey that I had not known existed. I also learned from the article, that the US has 6 different sea turtle species. Did you know that? 
It certainly sounds like the Turtle Back Zoo is committed to caring for the animals and the environment. It's a bit far for me to visit, so if you happen to know the zoo or to visit, do drop a note below and let us know what your experience was like. 

Shoshanah Shear

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