Friday, May 31, 2013

World Turtle And Tortoise Day...

May 23 was World Turtle and Tortoise Day.
Set up in 1990 by husband and wife team Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson, American Tortoise Rescue is the founding sponsor of World Turtle Day.
The organisation has rescued more than one thousand turtles and two thousand tortoises and is determined to save many of the species who are so very nearly extinct.
You can see more about what is happening to save these creatures here.
In New Zealand you can find one of the species that's so rare, there's only one example in the whole world. It's The Flying Tortoise and can be found sometimes hibernating in and around the Tokerau Peninsula in the Far North of the country.
People visit from all parts of the world
just to see if it really can fly...

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  1. I feel terrible, I missed world tortoise day and have owned Jacob since 1975! x

    1. I would presume that Jacob would be the world's best dressed tortoise. Good to hear from you Vix. My best wishes to Jacob...

  2. I can confirm the Flying Tortoise does not fly in the true sense of the word but it is a one of a kind.