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Lima zoo celebrates World Turtle Day with flowers

Lima zoo celebrates World Turtle Day with flowers

Lima zoo celebrates World Turtle Day with flowers
May 24
06:57 2019

Turtles at Lima's Parque de las Leyendas zoo received flowers on World Turtle Day on Thursday (May 23), with zookeepers using the event to raise awareness of the dangers facing this animal.

More than 40 turtles of different species reside in this enclosure, such as the endangered yellow-footed tortoise and 150-year 'Sanson' from the Galapagos Islands. Many turtles here were once domesticated pets that were later abandoned by their owners.

On World Turtle Day, students visited the park to see 'Sanson' feast on a bouquet of flowers and learn how they can better protect endangered turtles.

The biggest threats to turtles are human related, due to habitat loss, pollution and animal trafficking.

(Source:Reuters)

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