- Leatherback: Vulnerable
- Loggerhead: Endangered
- Green Sea Turtle: Endangered
- Hawksbill Turtle: Critically Endangered
- Kemp’s Ridley Turtle: Critically Endangered
- Major threats include entrapment in fishing equipment as well as coastal development, which disturbs nesting sites.
- In many parts of their range, sea turtles are harvested for meat or as fishing bait. The tortoiseshell trade has devastated the hawksbill turtle.
What the AZA Community is Doing
- In just the past five years, the AZA community has invested over $14 million in sea turtle conservation.
- Most field conservation work focuses on rescue, rehabilitation, and reintroduction; tagging individuals’ conducting health assessments; participating in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network; and monitoring.
- AZA SAFE will further these efforts by harnessing the collective power of the 229 AZA member institutions and our 180 million visitors, connecting partners, and creating and executing a conservation action plan to help sea turtles in the wild.
How You Can Help
Spread the word! Let your friends and family know that sea turtles need our help.
Visit: Your visit to an AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium not only supports the well-being of the animals you see, but also supports conservation efforts. Find an institution near you
Guess who? Download our free TailsUp! app and play with your friends. It’s free to download but offers in-app purchases – and 100% of AZA’s proceeds supports conservation work. Available on the iTunes store and Google Play.
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