Endangered turtle program launched at Brookfield Zoo
BROOKFIELD — Brookfield Zoo has developed a program for a turtle species that have difficulty surviving in the wild by creating an ideal environment for their re-population of the area, according to zoo officials.
The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) has teamed up with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County for a re-population and release program of Blanding's turtles at Brookfield Zoo to increase the local wild population.
Blanding’s turtles are endangered in Illinois and threatened nationwide. CZS, which manages Brookfield Zoo, has created a breeding and release program that includes a new outdoor Blanding’s turtle habitat at the zoo’s Dragonfly Marsh exhibit. The program will allow CZS staff to develop and improve breeding and rearing techniques that will increase the species population and ability to survive on release. In the fall, 12 turtles will be released in DuPage County forest preserves to help improve the wild population.
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