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New Baby Sea Turtle at the Aquarium

ABQ BioPark part of a special rehabilitation - education - release program for threatened turtles.

10/25/2017 - The ABQ BioPark recently welcomed a baby loggerhead sea turtle ambassador from North Carolina.

The turtle is part of a cooperative agreement between the North Carolina Aquarium and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Each year, the North Carolina Aquarium receives and rehabilitates dozens of weakened and late-hatching baby sea turtles. Many of them are released, but some stay longer to become part of a sea turtle loan program.
 
Ambassador turtles travel to AZA-accredited facilities that have strong conservation messaging. The turtles stay at a facility for 1-2 years to help educate visitors about the plight of sea turtles. Then, they return to North Carolina to be released back into the ocean.
 
Two ABQ BioPark staff traveled to North Carolina to transport the new turtle. While there, they accompanied North Carolina Aquarium staff and sea turtle research scientists to learn about sea turtle nesting behavior. They also helped with a beach cleanup. The ABQ BioPark thanks the New Mexico BioPark Society for funding the trip to bring the baby Sea Turtle to New Mexico.
 
Sea turtles face a host of threats in the wild, including commercial fishing, marine debris and plastics, artificial lighting on beaches from businesses and houses, pollution and sonar testing.
 
The ABQ BioPark will host two informal Brown Bag sessions on November 2 and November 4 at 12:30 p.m. at the Aquarium/Garden Education building detailing the expedition. The Aquarium is also debuting a new interpretive wall dedicated to sea turtles and will screen the award-winning documentary, "Saving Sea Turtles" in the Aquarium theater at 2:00 p.m., following the Brown Bag sessions.