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The Cayman Turtle Centre: Before and After

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The Cayman Turtle Centre: Before and After
13May 2012

The Cayman Turtle Centre is one of the most, successful tourist attractions in the Cayman Islands. The Centre is one of the only facilities of its kind in the world and the only place to breed sea turtles in captivity.

 

Part of the experience for the visitor is not only to see these incredible creatures but to learning more about sea turtles through the centre’s educational, cultural and entertainment programmes.

 

The Centre was originally founded in 1968 as Mariculture Ltd by Irin Naylor, Henry Hamlin, Dr. Samuel Ayres III and Anthony G.A Fisher with an exclusive franchise from the Cayman Islands.

 

In the 1980’s The Centre introduced a small group of yearling and hatchling Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles, an endangered species, to establish a captive breeding colony and to obtain further biological data on this species in a controlled environment.

 

In 1983 the Cayman Islands Government purchased the property from its owners and named it the Cayman Turtle Centre.

 

During this time turtles were being raised and the meat sold to the public for consumption at a very low price. Today the price of turtle meat has skyrocketed making it harder for most locals who saw it as a basic stable, to buy it.

 

By 2000 the Centre had became one of the largest tourist attraction on the island but after irreparable damage from Hurricane Michelle thse idea to rename it Boatswain’s Beach took shape over 23 acres of land.

 

In 2010, however, the name Boatswain Beach was dropped and the easier and simpler title Cayman Turtle Centre was reinstated and the sub-title -Island Wildlife Encounter was added.

 

A new logo was developed to go along with the new name and to represent the importance of the turtle culturally to Cayman and the Cayman Turtle Centre’s ongoing, world renowned research and conservation activities in addition to the traditional turtle-breeding and release programmes.

 

Today the Centre continues to grow adding new features to enhance the entertainment facet of the Centre but also work continues to keep the Centre’s research and conservation activities up to par with the global standards.

 

Read the article in the Observer here