Turtley Awesome Package - Blanding's Turtle Adopt and Naming Package
Adopt and name an Endangered Blanding's Turtle Hatchling to support local turtle populations! Each adoption package includes:
- Opportunity to name one Blanding's turtle hatchling*
- Personalized certificate of adoption featuring colour photo of adopted hatchling
- Blanding's Turtle Fact Sheet
- Laminated 'Turtles of Ontario' fact sheet and 'Ontario Turtle Tally' pamphlet
- Two turtlely awesome magnets
- Recipients name displayed as a Species Ambassador on our digital wall of recognition for one year
- To/from card
- Full charitable tax receipt for purchaser
*The Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy reserves the right to request an alternative name, if provided name is deemed to be inappropriate or offensive
Blanding's Turtle (Endangered)
Blanding's turtles are listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and is a provincially and nationally threatened species. Your Toronto Zoo raises and reintroduces juvenile Blanding's turtles into wetlands of the Rouge National Urban Park to support local turtle populations.
When baby Blanding's turtles are first born they are soft and small - approximately the size of a loonie - making them an easy target for predators. The Toronto Zoo raises head-start turtles to be the size of a baked potato, at which point their shells are much harder and they are large enough to evade most predators, giving them the best chance at survival.
Prior to the initiation of this program, Blanding's turtles were facing almost imminent local extinction, with as few as six individuals remaining. This will be the ninth year these endangered turtles will be released into the wild, with approximately 50 turtles being released each year.
This program is made possible by the Toronto Zoo Adopt a Pond Wetland Conservation program, with support from our partners at Parks Canada/Rouge National Urban Park, Scales Nature Park, the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, the Toronto Wildlife Centre, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MECP).