World Turtle Day 2021.

24 May 2021.


World Turtle Day was celebrated on May 23, 2021. It is observed to raise awareness among people about turtle & tortoise and their habitats. Celebration of the day is sponsored by a non-profit organisation “American Tortoise Rescue (ATR)” since 2000. Theme for 2021 is- ‘Turtle Rocks!’.

Aim of World Turtle Day

  • World Turtle Day is celebrated every year on May 23 with the aim of bringing attention to turtles and tortoise besides increasing knowledge and respect for them.
  • This day also encourages human action to help the turtles and tortoise survive and thrive.
  • The day is considered among most effective of species awareness days which increases search for information on turtles online.
  • American Tortoise Rescue which was founded in 1990 is the founding sponsor of World Turtle Day. However, “WORLD TURTLE DAY” term was trademarked by Susan Tellem.

About Turtles

  • They are reptiles, characterized by a bony or cartilaginous shell or a carapace that developed from their ribs.
  • Shell acts as a shield. Earliest known members of turtle dates back to Middle Jurassic.
  • Thus, they are the oldest reptile groups even older than snakes or crocodiles.
  • They are land-dwellers as well as amphibians. Largest sea turtle is  “Leatherback turtle”.

About Tortoises

  • They are reptile species from family Testudinidae.
  • They are distinguished from turtles as they are exclusively land-dwelling.
  • They also have a shell for protection from predation and other threats.

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