Did you know, that the number of turtles that OTCC releases annually, actually has a population impact on Ontario’s turtles? This helps to slow the decline, so we have time to ‘fix’ the problem. Unlike other wildlife species, turtle populations cannot tolerate any additional adult losses; their slow development and very low egg and hatchling survival mean that they HAVE to live a very long time to even have a hope of replacing themselves in the population – this can take almost 60 years for a snapping turtle!
Turtle rehabilitation truly IS conservation – we can help to reverse some of the effects of road mortalities, which is second only to habitat loss as a cause for population declines. Every adult is vital to their population, and every turtle we get home helps to ensure the survival of these species.
Please give generously, to allow us to start to renovate these buildings.
In addition, if there are skilled electricians, plumbers and contractors out there who would like to donate time to this cause, we would welcome their expertise! We anticipate we will need extra well infrastructure, back-up generators, full plumbing construction, electrical retrofitting, and full climate control in the manner of a furnace and air conditioning.
It is a big job, but I know we can do this with your help – our supporters are the best!!
With sincere thanks for your ongoing support,
Dr. Sue Carstairs
Executive and Medical Director,
Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre
“Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre” is the operating name of the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre; Charity Number 857524409