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When is World Turtle Day?
The official date for World Turtle Day is May 23.

World Turtle Day began in 2000 and was started by the American Tortoise Rescue, which is a rescue organization run from Malibu, California in the U.S. - founded in 1990.

What is this Holiday for?
This Holiday is set aside for people around the world to appreciate turtles and tortoises. Also at this time of year the Humane Society of the United States carries out observations and surveys to discover how well turtles are thriving in different parts of the world.

Turtle Day is celebrated worldwide, especially among those for whom the turtle is a symbolic animal. People such as the turtle-related group known as The Goffles may celebrate turtle day in a variety of manners, some of which are dressing up as turtles or saving turtles caught on highways. Other groups also recognize the importance of this holiday to turtles worldwide.

In 2007, a turtle named Death-Ray was rewarded with the Turtle of the Year award.

Are there other related Holidays to celebrate? Yes!
See our Directory for National Animal Holidays

The Humane Society has this to say
"May is a busy month for turtles. Many have recently emerged from winter hibernation and are beginning their search for mates and nesting areas." "For this reason, May 23 was designated World Turtle Day."

"World Turtle Day was initiated in 2000 by the American Tortoise Rescue, a turtle and tortoise rescue organization founded in 1990 in Malibu, California." "The group brings attention to turtle conservation issues and highlights ways each of us can help protect these gentle but jeopardized animals. In the spirit of World Turtle Day, we at The HSUS also have suggested actions you can take to honor these fascinating creatures."
See Humane Society of the United States

Twelve Things to Do for Turtles and Tortoises
For the sake of turtles, The Human Society needs our help.
Please go to "Twelve Things to Do for Turtles and Tortoises"
to read the information of how to help.

Help Stop the Asian Turtle Crisis.
Get Turtles out of U.S. Live Animal Markets.
Don't Pollute or Litter.
Protect Turtle and Tortoise Habitat.
Stop Turtle and Tortoise Exploitation.
Give Them a Brake.
Enjoy Turtles and Tortoises in the Wild.
Do Not Disturb.
Turn Out the Lights.
Report Crimes.
See What You Can Do.
Spread the Word.



How can I Celebrate World Turtle Day?


Can you name 10 things your grateful for today?

I'm grateful for all the safe wildlife that lives in my back yard.

I'm grateful for pets which help us heal emotionally.

I'm grateful for the entertainment that animals bring.

I'm grateful for great neighbors who help me catch run away pets.

I'm grateful for the sound of the ocean as it waves crash on the shore.

I'm grateful for the singing birds in the morning.

I'm grateful for being able to watch playing squirrels.
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It's World Turtle Day! Celebrate these rare creatures that roam the wide oceans. Spread awareness about protecting and preserving turtles and their habitats. Send cute and warm ecards from our site to wish your near and dear ones a great day.  See All Turtle Greetings Here