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Head Start for Turtles (video)

In the wild, Western Pond Turtles hibernate after hatching and do not grow. They are easy prey for predators at this stage. The Head Start program at the Woodland Park Zoo provides a safe place for the turtle eggs to hatch, and a nurturing environment for them to grow. By the end of their first winter at the zoo, they are the size of two or three year old wild turtles. Each spring they are released back into the wild. In 1990 there were only about 150 Western Pond Turtles in Washington State; today, due to this program, there are more than 1,400.

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10:56PM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

Great work with the turtles :) Thanks for sharing.

3:10AM PDT on May 1, 2013

Great video. Thanks for sharing.

3:48PM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

Thank you!

3:48PM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

Thank you!

5:40AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

This is wonderful news. Thanks so much for sharing.

1:42PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Thank you for sharing! That's wonderful news.

5:47PM PST on Jan 6, 2012

What an awesome program!!

5:29AM PST on Jan 6, 2012

Thank You!!

6:49PM PST on Jan 5, 2012

All they want is a chance.

2:19PM PST on Jan 5, 2012

Awesome, great video - thanks.

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