Unless you have a specific interest in turtles, you have likely never heard of these endangered turtle species before. The key to saving Asian box turtles is raising awareness about what makes them such cool creatures and the threats they face in the wild. While zoos educate the public about these species and contribute to their conservation, it’s up to all of us to share these turtles’ stories.
For anyone hoping to work with turtles like I do, the first step is learning everything you can about them! Collect and read as many turtle books and articles as you can. Start with the animals that interest you most, but also explore the species you don’t know as much about. When you’re old enough, volunteer at a local zoo or nature center where you can get hands-on experience caring for turtles. Many local nature centers have Eastern box turtles or can provide guidance on where to spot them in the field.
Often, turtles are especially active after it rains. If you see a wild turtle, take a moment to study or watch it from a distance. However, please resist the urge to handle or “rescue” it. The best thing you can do when you come across wildlife is leave it in the wild.
Interested in soaking up some Bourret’s box turtle fun facts? Check out the Zoo’s mobile game, Zoo Guardians! Shell on over to the App Store or Google Play to download Zoo Guardians for free.*
Get an up-close look at the Asian box turtles in the Reptile Discovery Center when you plan your visit today!
*In-app purchases are available.