Today is World Turtle Day. World Turtle Day was started to raise awareness on turtle and tortoises threats, conservation and what people can do to help save them.
Turtles and Tortoises face many threats. These include rubbish, feral species, habitat loss, global warming and poaching.
The Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle is one of the world's most endangered animals with only four left!
There is a lot happening around the world to help save endangered species of Tortoises and Turtles. There are conservationists that work with locals and have successfully educated them how to protect marine habitats. Marine Turtles often get caught in fishing nets but there is a special net where the Turtle can escape. But not every fishing boat has one. Some islands find turtles sacred and can't touch them! Many organisations clean up beaches. Many wildlife hospitals treat injured turtles and release them back into the wild when they get better. The Galapagos Tortoise thrives on islands where Goats have been eradicated. There are also many breeding programs for many different endangered turtle and tortoise species.
We can all help save Turtles and Tortosies by:
So far on my website website there are four different types of endangered turtles. They are the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, Green Turtle and the Loggerhead Turtle.
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Wow! I had a great night last night for the Queensland Young Achiever Awards Gala Dinner. I am so proud that I was one of 3 finalists in the Environment and Sustainability section. It was so great to meet so many amazing young people helping to make positive change.
A big congratulations to Max Burns who is 27 and is from Townsville for winning the Environment and Sustainability Award. He does research into what is the most effective way to compost and volunteers as an area co-ordinator with a local food rescue organisation.
The other finalist in the Environment and Sustainability section was Emma Dale who is 21 and from Chapel Hill. In 2014 she founded the Red Panda Trust. The Trust breeds, rehabilitates and releases red pandas back into the wild and does research projects on wild Red Pandas! To learn more about the Trust and how you can help click here.
I also met and had a good chat with Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett who founded the Orange Sky Laundry. It is Australia's first mobile laundry service for homeless people. Orange Sky Laundry works in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. So far they have washed 70 000kgs of clothes for the homeless. Nicholas and Lucas won the Create Change Award. They are also the 2016 Young Australian of the Year Award winners. Please check out their website here.
The overall 2016 Queensland Young Achiever of the Year Award winner was Justice King who is 17 and from Mt Isa. She started "The Youth League". It is a group of 12-18 year olds who run events for youth aimed to help deter crime and provide young role models in their community. Justice is also a mental health advocate and is involved with Headspace and RUOK day.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people and groups that have supported me. I really appreciate all of you!
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Today I attended the Koala Friends Community Day hosted by Gold Coast City Council. There were some great organisations there including Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation and Wildcare. There were some fantastic talks during the morning and we were all educated on Koala threats, conservation plans and what everyday people like us can do to help save them. It was wonderful to see all the kids there getting educated and engaged about this Australian icon. Blinky Bill even made an appearance which excited the young kids.
It was also great to see that this event had taken sustainability into account as it was a plastic bottle free event. Instead there was a water re-fill station and free reusable water pouches given out.
Koalas are classified as vulnerable because of habitat destruction, domestic dog attacks, feral animals, getting hit by cars and disease. Unfortunately 80% of Koalas habitat has been cleared.
But there are things we can all do to help save Koalas:
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Recently I went into Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to do my next conservation interview on Tassie Devils.
Every Tasmanian Devils stripe is unique and one in 11 have no white stripes at all. They were named Tasmanian Devils because of the growling noise they made and when the Europeans saw them at night they could only see their ears as they can become redder as the devil flushes blood into them. They are the largest carnivorous marsupial alive today!
Despite this they are highly endangered. Their main threat is the devil facial tumour disease which started in the late 1990s. This disease is a cancer and causes horrible tumours which are on their face and sometimes their neck. The face tumours cause eating problems and make the Devil starve to death. 60% of the Tasmanian Devil population has died out because of facial tumour cancer. They spread this by fighting and biting each other on the face.
Check out my interview below with Daniel about Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary's role in helping to save this amazing animal.
To learn more about Tassie Devils click here.
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