Sea Turtle Recovery

Sea Turtle Recovery

Sea Turtle Recovery, their efforts, and how to donate to the sea turtles’ care can be found by visiting seaturtlerecovery.org. To contact Sea Turtle Recovery at the Zoo call #973-731-5800 x290 or email savinglives@seaturtlerecovery.org.  The sea turtle exhibit is open during normal zoo hours and is located inside Turtle Back Zoo.

Essex County Turtle Back Zoo partnered with the non-profit Sea Turtle Recovery to help care for sick and injured sea turtles.  This partnership has been an ongoing success and has shown how organizations can work together to save threatened and endangered species.

In 2016, a 4,000 square foot care facility was constructed with generous contributions from Prudential, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ, PSE&B and Matrix Development Group, and helps fulfill the zoo’s mission of conserving and protecting the environment.

Sea Turtle Recovery is a nonprofit whose mission includes rehabilitating sick and injured sea turtles for their release back into the wild. Their nonprofit provides medical care, staffing, food cost, public education and other needs of the sea turtles.  Their funding comes from public donations and grants made to them at seaturtlerecovery.org and inside their exhibit space at Turtle Back Zoo.

All five species of sea turtles found in the Atlantic Ocean are threatened by pollution, plastic ingestion and boat strikes, and they are losing natural nesting and feeding sites because of coastal development. Sea turtle strandings in the Northeast Region of the United States is on the rise, and Sea Turtle Recovery is the only organization permited to provide long term care for sick and injured sea turtles in the state.

The hospital provided by and built at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo has five recovery tanks, life support systems, and an intensive care unit for more critically injured turtles. Zoo visitors will be able to see less critical patients while learning about the perils sea turtles face and what the public can do to help. Once the turtles have regained their health, they will be released back into their natural habitat.

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Sea Turtle Recovery (STR) is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, preservation and conservation of sea turtles. Its current work extends throughout the state educating the public about the ecological role of sea turtles, threats they face, and ways to protect their future.

Now, with the building donation of Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, the Sea Turtle Recovery can begin to fulfill the other portion of its mission to rehabilitate sea turtles for release back into the wild.

More about the Sea Turtle Recovery, their efforts, and how to donate to the sea turtles’ care can be found by visiting seaturtlerecovery.org. To contact Sea Turtle Recovery at the Zoo call #973-731-5800 x290 or email savinglives@seaturtlerecovery.org

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