Pacific Pond Turtle Drought Relief

On September 18, 2014, a group of Pacific Pond Turtles were removed from Elizabeth Lake in the Angeles National Forest where extreme drought conditions and increased salinity have resulted in a huge die-off of turtles and other wildlife. In a highly coordinated effort among state and federal agencies, USGS Science, private consultants, and the Turtle Conservancy (TC), these 32 turtles will be held at the TC’s Behler Chelonian Center until the rains come and they can be returned to their home. California is experiencing the worst drought in 100 years. Wildlife (including turtles) take the brunt of this extreme weather. We need financial support to help us feed and care for these turtles. Our cost just for feeding will be more than $300/week. We also invested over $5000 to setup our 14,000 gallon biologically filtered pool for this species. Please help us help our native turtles.

The Turtle Conservancy envisions a world where all species of turtles and tortoises thrive in their natural habitats. But turtles need all the help they can get as they are among the most endangered animals on the planet.

To realize this vision the Turtle Conservancy has created the most comprehensive turtle and tortoise organization in the world to protect all living forms of chelonians including tortoises, freshwater and marine turtles.

Max Maurer

Turtle Conservancy, 49 Bleecker Street, Suite 601, New York, NY, 10012, United States