World Turtle Day
Join the Wildlife Center of Virginia in celebrating turtles on May 23 for World Turtle Day!
Wilson was found at Maymont Park in Richmond in October 2009. He was likely an unwanted or escaped pet. When he was found, his entire upper shell had been painted purple. Center veterinary staff painstakingly removed this paint. However, because Wilson had been kidnapped from an unknown location and had lived for some time as a pet, he cannot be returned to the wild.
Emma came to the Wildlife Center in October 2000. She was found wandering the grounds of the University of Virginia, far from her native desert territory. Most likely an escaped or abandoned pet, Emma could not survive on her own in this climate. Emma now lives at the Wildlife Center and teaches children the importance of leaving native animals in their natural environment.
Turtle Releases 2014: Part One
The Wildlife Center of Virginia is preparing to release turtles now that spring has arrived – the turtle releases will be occurring in two parts during the next month! Nearly all 15 of these turtles are 2013 patients – their admission dates range from July to November. Most came in with serious injuries and were unable to recover in time to return to their territories before winter.