Sea Turtle



  • 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.

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How You Can Help

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Meet the Sea Turtles of AZA

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