Friday, May 17, 2013
Endangered Species Day • 10:00am – 1:00pm
Cost: Free with zoo admission
Celebrate National Endangered Species Day at the zoo! Take a walking tour of our current and former endangered species, grab an endangered species coloring sheet and visit a discovery station to learn the stories of some of these rare animals.
Today is Endangered Species Day! Did you know the Plymouth red-bellied cooter is exclusively found in Massachusetts? Plymouth red-bellied cooters are listed as endangered in Massachusetts. Their numbers have declined due to habitat loss, pollution and an increased presence of predators to their habitat.
How can you help? If you find a turtle nest, please do not disturb it. These eggs and hatchlings will need all the help they can get to survive! Also, when you find a turtle in the middle of the road, it is best to let the turtle continue on its way. If you feel it’s safest to move the turtle to the side of the road, please make sure you move the turtle in the direction it’s moving to make sure it doesn’t turn back around the minute you leave!
Last but not least, always be respectful of the wildlife and environment around you!