World Turtle Day

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World Turtle Day
DateMay 23
Next time23 May 2022 (2022-05-23)
Eastern box turtle, Terrapene carolina carolina

The purpose of World Turtle Day, May 23, sponsored yearly 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.[1][2][3] World Turtle Day is among the most effective of species awareness days in increasing the search for information on turtles online. [4]

World Turtle Day is celebrated around the globe in a variety of ways, from dressing up as turtles or wearing green summer dresses, to saving turtles caught on highways, to research activities. Turtle Day lesson plans and craft projects encourage teaching about turtles in classrooms.[5]

Promoting organizations[edit]

Founded in 1990, American Tortoise Rescue is the founding sponsor of World Turtle Day.[6] The term "WORLD TURTLE DAY" is trademarked by Susan Tellem of Malibu, California.[7]

Featured in Chase's Book of Annual Events,[8] the day was created as an annual observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world.

In 2013, over 160 free Turtle Day lesson plans and teaching materials were sent out to classrooms for use with over 5,500 students. Lesson plans were provided by the Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group (TTPG), an organization that is open to all people interested in the welfare of chelonians.


  1. ^ "Be Kind to Turtles, World Turtle Day is May 23". Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  2. ^ "Celebrate World Turtle Day". Retrieved March 4, 2009.
  3. ^ Wendy Heller (May 13, 2008). "American Tortoise Rescue Celebrates World Turtle Day May 23rd". Retrieved March 4, 2009.
  4. ^ Chua, Marcus A.H.; Tan, Audrey; Carrasco, Luis Roman (2021). "Species awareness days: Do people care or are we preaching to the choir?". Biological Conservation. 255: 109002. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2021.109002. S2CID 233836573.
  5. ^ "How to Celebrate World Turtle Day?". Bee Bulletin.
  6. ^ "American Tortoise Rescue Celebrates World Turtle Day May 23rd". Health News Digest. May 13, 2008. Archived from the original on May 27, 2009. Retrieved March 4, 2009.
  7. ^ "USPTO trademark #4635425".
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