Save a Turtle Saturday in the Naturally Wild Swap Shop

Saturday, March 1, the Houston Zoo will be celebrating Save a Turtle Saturday!   The Naturally Wild Swap Shop will be participating along with the other activities going on though out the zoo.

Geometric Tortoise
Geometric Tortoise

On Save a Turtle Saturday, any item involving turtles or how plastic pollution affects them will receive double points.

That includes:
– Turtle shells, scutes, bones or scales.
– Journals on turtles or tortoises
– Journals on how plastic pollution affects turtles

There are many species of turtles and tortoises in the world and several of them are threatened or endangered.  The

IUCN Red List of Endangered Species includes turtles and tortoises that rank from threatened to no longer present

Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle
Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle

in the wild.  This list is long, but includes amazing species such as the Central American River Turtle, Geometric Tortoise, Madagascar Big-headed Turtle and ALL six species of sea turtles found in the United States. 

One of the biggest hazards to sea turtles is plastic pollution.  Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles and other marine mammals die each year from ocean pollution such as ingestion or entanglement in marine debris.  Sea turtles often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and ingest them, leading to blockage and eventual death.  Marine debris, including items such as these plastic bags, plastic drink rings and other items, are a huge threat to our marine life.

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The rings are in! Shasta stands watch to guard rings for students at University of Houston. ... See MoreSee Less

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The rings are in! Shasta stands watch to guard rings for students at University of Houston.

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Beth BanksOk...I am old enough to remember when Shasta was alive and well, strolling around campus! Needless to say, she was beautiful to see each morning!

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David RaffettoThis really is a cool tradition. Thanks, Houston Zoo!

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Amanda FloresWish I was there to witness it

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Stacey SandersOklahoma gonna take those rings come week 1!!!

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Patty PeErik I want my ring in there soon 😫

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Eliseoo HdzThis is dumb but oh well

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Ryan AvCheryl Love Avina we need to go see Shasta!

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Jessica FernandezI wish they started this in Fall 2010 not summer 2011.

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Kandi Blalock ClarkKimberly Brown, I thought this was pretty cool. They have a sign all about UH at the zoo.

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Denise NelsonLove these college tradition. Got my MEd there

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Nallely ContrerasLariza Contreras soon your ring will be there :)

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Julie CooperCan someone explain about the rings for us English folk please xx

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Celeste MarquezOur rings are supposed to be in there 😭😭 Jesus Aguilar we are such procrastinators.

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Amanda BlankeHow cool is this Mary?! Love it!!

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Shannon RaffettoGo Coogs!!

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Leo N CandiceWill she be protecting them all weekend so that we can go and see

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Kloe WoosleyRyan Woosley you're lucky Beaumont is closer :p I would die to be a cougar.

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Donna S. GuerreroWhat a beautiful cat !! ❤️

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Beatriz Medina-LaresTanya Torres is your ring in here???

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Jaime FrancoAnybody got pics of this?

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Davi Case GarzaEsther Garza check out Shasta!

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Austin VaughnYay Shasta!

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Ronnie LeeI totally want to pet shasta. :o

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Jennifer DailyEva, check it out!

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Our pair of elderly male African painted dogs were excited to meet their new pack-mates, three female dogs that recently moved to Houston from a zoo in the UK! Check out the video and learn more about the new group here: www.houstonzoo.org/endangered-wild-dogs-form-new-pack/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Cathryn GaborLet's protect this spectacular endangered species! Fundraiser on May 3 in Houston benefiting Painted Dog Conservation. Thank you Houston Zoo!

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Emilee MayberryI've never even seen them moving! They are always sleeping in the same spot. Maybe these new girls will revitalize the pack :)

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Lilian CorriganIt's cool to see them so active. Whenever we visit the zoo they are usually just laying around.

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Linda TidswellSure hope they weren't moved here because they mate then kill their mates😂

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Michelle MungerThey were sleeping when I was there.

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Patricia TamézBlaze and Mikita have new friends!

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Ashley NicholeJamie these are awesome

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