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Sea Turtle

The Kemp’s ridley is one of five species of sea turtles inhabiting the Gulf of Mexico, all of which are either threatened or endangered; the other four are the loggerhead, leatherback, Atlantic hawksbill, and green sea turtles.

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Threatened
Endangered

Animal Facts

Range

Texas coast, Carribean ocean, eastern Mexican coastline and coastal areas of the eastern U.S.

Location in the Zoo

You may see a rescued turtle rehabilitating in a tank in Kipp Aquarium; our vet clinic treats injured sea turtles.

Cool Animal Fact

An invention called a “turtle excluder device” or TED on commercial fishing nets allows turtles to escape and survive while fish are harvested.

How We Help Save Them

  • In 2018, 131 sea turtles received care from the veterinary team.
  • The Houston Zoo is single use plastic straw, bag and bottle free preventing thousands of these items from entering the ocean.
  • Houston Zoo summer campers participate in weekly water bottle challenges to remember to bring their reusable water bottles.

How You Can Help

  • Call 1-866-TURTLE-5 if you see a sea turtle on the beach
  • Be a hero; reduce your use of single-use plastics!
  • Use a reusable bag whenever you shop. Reusable bags seen here can be purchased at the Houston Zoo Gift Shop, with proceeds going towards sea turtle saving efforts!

Donate now to help sea turtles:

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Sea Turtle News / More ›

You and the Zoo are Saving Wildlife on the Galapagos Islands!
June 17, 2019

You and the Zoo are Saving Wildlife on the Galapagos Islands!

Houston Zoo Releases Sea Turtles Back into the Wild
May 31, 2019

Houston Zoo Releases Sea Turtles Back into the Wild

Celebrate Earth Day and Save Species at Party for the Planet this Weekend!
April 15, 2019

Celebrate Earth Day and Save Species at Party for the Planet this Weekend!

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