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Cayman Turtle Centre to Celebrate World Turtle Day 2015
Friday, 15 May, 2015…… On Saturday, 23 May, the Cayman Turtle Centre will join in the celebration of World Turtle Day with a slate of special observances and activities.
The purpose of World Turtle Day, which is observed every year on May 23 and sponsored since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive.
“Every day at Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter is really a World Turtle Day,” said Chief Marketing Officer Tina Trumbach. “But on this day we’re celebrating with some special activities that we hope our guests will join in and support, including a limited edition T-shirt sale and educational presentations on ‘Sea Turtles in Cayman’ by local experts throughout the day.”
From 10am to 4:30pm, special edition Cayman Turtle Centre World Turtle Day 2015 T-shirts will be on sale in the Box Office Lobby. There are a very limited number of shirts on sale, and the cost per shirt is CI$10 or US$12. Funds raised will benefit Cayman Turtle Centre’s sea turtle sponsorship, research and conservation programmes.
An educational video, which is shown for Cayman Turtle Centre guests daily, will also be on view at the Education Centre mini-theatre throughout the day and copies will be on sale in Splash Gift Shop.
Special turtle conservation themed presentations, with the topic of “Sea Turtles in Cayman” will also be held through the day. Talks will be given by representatives of the CI Government Department of Environment’s Marine Turtle programmes and by Geddes Hislop, CTF Curator Terrestrial Exhibits and Education Programmes
For those who would like to express their support for turtles artistically, a World Turtle Day Chalkfest will be held from 10am to 2pm on the red walkway outside the Cayman Turtle Centre Education Centre. Participation is open to all guests as long as drawings are kept to a turtle theme.
Special World Turtle Day themed beverages will be on sale at Schooner’s Bar & Grill, and donation boxes for conservation and research programmes will be placed at locations throughout the park. Guests donating will receive a small World Turtle Day-themed gift.
To continue with the day’s educational theme, signage on the meaning and significance of World Turtle Day along with sea turtle conservation tips will be displayed in the Cayman Turtle Centre Box Office Lobby for the duration of the day.
To cap off the day’s events, there will be a raffle draw for an Annual Pass to the Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter for everyone who participated in the day’s activities.
On-line, Cayman Turtle Centre will be asking former guests to post their best CTF turtle photos on the Cayman Turtle Centre Facebook page as well as the attraction’s Instagram and Twitter accounts.
About Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter
The Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter is the Cayman Islands’ most-visited land-based attraction, with more than 230,000 visitors each year. Educational, cultural and entertainment programmes are consistently being created and updated to enhance the experience that can only be found at our world-renowned attraction.. In addition to being a tourist attraction, the Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter is also a sea turtle husbandry, research and conservation centre, focusing primarily on the Green sea turtle. Over its years in operation, the Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter has achieved a closed cycle of breeding, and has released over 31,000 turtles into the wild.