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Turtle Activities

Read more about Zoo Atlanta's Turtle Conservation Efforts
Are Atlantans Visiting Some of the World’s Last Turtles?
Ecological Restoration in the Galapagos
Health Assessment of Green Sea Turtles
More than 50 percent of turtle species worldwide, including a species right here in Georgia, are threatened with extinction. Around the world, people collect turtles from the wild for pets, food, jewelry and traditional Asian medicines.

It’s not too late! Home to over 25 percent of the world’s turtles, North America is a turtle hotspot. Zoo Atlanta has worked to conserve turtles and tortoises for more than 50 years. 

Year of the Turtle Activity and Crafts (PDFs)

Reading List

Pre-K: The Foolish Tortoise by Richard Buckley
K-1: The Tortoise and The Hare by Aesop
2-3: Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss
4-5: Lefty the Loggerhead Turtle by Hale Bremer
6-8: Ajapa the Tortoise: A Book of Nigerian Folk Tales by Margaret Baumann
9-12: Saving Sea Turtles: Extraordinary Stories from the Battle against Extinction by James R. Spotila

2011 Year of the Turtle School Contest – congratulations to our winners!

Congratulations to our Year of the Turtle School Contest Winners! Students in Pre-K through 12th grade were invited to submit their own class entries retelling and modernizing the Aesop fable The Tortoise and The Hare, focusing on at least one Georgia species and one conservation message. Thanks to each of the classes who helped us raise awareness of the plight of turtles and tortoises in the wild! We received an impressive number of original entries that showed care, creativity and a shared desire to spread the word about the Year of the Turtle. See our winners below.

1. Glennwood Elementary
City Schools of Decatur, 2nd grade gifted class
2. Savannah Christian Preparatory School
Savannah, 5th grade class
3. Sabah Kinder Art Academy of Art and Design
Duluth, 8th grade student

4. Brandon Hall School, Dunwoody, 8th grade students

Copy from image: There was a fast rabbit who bragged about how fast and cool he was. Florida Cooter was tired of hearing the speedy rabbit talk smack, so he decides to challenge him to a race. Lots of animals came to see the race, and many of them wanted the Florida Cooter to win.

The fast rabbit sped down the road then stopped to catch his breath. The rabbit looked back at Cooter and said ‘how in the world do you expect to WIN’!?!! Then the hare said I might just take a nap because there is plenty of time to waste. Mr. slow and steady walked and walked. He had his eyes on the prize ‘the finish line’. All the animals cheered wildly at the Cooter, the rabbit woke up from all the yelling and realized that he needed to make up some ground. It was too late because Mr. Florida Cooter had crossed the finish line. The rabbit learned his lesson that he shouldn’t brag.

- As students of Brandon Hall School we would like to protect endangered turtle species. We can do this by spreading awareness that there are endangered turtles in Georgia. Let us know if we can help out with anything.

5. Sabah Kinder Art Academy of Art and Design, Duluth, 4th grade student