Community Education 'Turtle Talks'
We believe that community wildlife information is every bit as important as the need for wildlife rehabilitation; community wildlife information has the potential to reduce amount of wildlife admitted for rehabilitation.
Through the explosion of media opportunities now available to us, most Australians know more about overseas wildlife than they do about our unique Australian wildlife. As well, with our increasingly urbanised life-styles, we are becoming more and more removed from the natural world which is, in turn, increasing Australians’ great thirst for knowledge about our native wildlife.
We have little idea of the conservation status or population trends of many of our turtle species. Spending most of their time in lakes and wetlands, freshwater turtles are usually out of the public eye, and they are rarely included in long-term monitoring programs. Turtles are only seen when they’re in trouble . . . and increasingly they are being found in trouble. All the problems besetting wildlife, both in Australia and worldwide, are due to us – mankind.
Our Turtle Talks look at these interesting creatures’ lives, the problems they are facing, and the simple ways we can all help redress the problems which face all wildlife, not just turtles. We can tailor our talk to suit the interests and needs of your group.
Kindly note that our presentations do not include live animals as any animals we have in care are being rehabilitated for return to the wild as such may not be displayed. For the animals’ welfare, Wildlife Conservation Regulations preclude the display of animals which are being rehabilitated.
If you are interested in any of the following, please email us for more information.
As we have acquired our knowledge and expertise of these unique animals through the support of the community, we believe that we can utilise this experience to benefit the welfare of licensed Oblong turtles.
Licensed turtle owners are passionate about their animals but, in many cases, lack the knowledge needed to provide their turtles with a healthy and happy life.
We offer 1 hour on-site appraisals to assist licensed turtle owners improve their turtles’ living conditions. These appraisals look at all conditions involved – water quality and temperature, enclosure size and suitability, lighting conditions, and diet. A written report with recommendations including recommendations for equipment upgrades is included.
We offer toolbox talks for Councils and similar bodies.
These talks can be tailored to your requirements.