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World Turtle Day
May 23 @ 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
World Turtle Day is an annual event that has been taking place since 2000. It was founded by American Tortoise Rescue.
The purpose of World Turtle Day is to educate people about the things that they can do to protect the habitats of turtle and tortoises. It is also a celebration of the joy that these reptiles bring to so many people on a daily basis.
The American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) is a nonprofit organisation established in 1990 for the protection of all species of turtles and tortoises, is “shellebrating” its 21st World Turtle Day® on May 23, 2021.
ATR created and launched WorldTurtleDay.org to increase respect for and knowledge about one of the world’s oldest creatures. Now observed around the globe, turtle and tortoise lovers show their appreciation of the special day by taking “shellfies” and “shellebrating” with events and shares on social media.
This year’s theme “Turtles Rock!” encourages a worldwide audience to see turtles as more than just rocks with legs. The sentient beings are amazing creatures that outlasted dinosaurs and live 25 to 50 years or more. They feel happiness and pain, show a true sense of humor, as well as affection.