Saving Turtles A Kids' Guide to Helping Endangered Species by Sue Carstairs


Saving Turtles A Kids' Guide to Helping Endangered Species by Sue Carstairs

A behind-the-scenes look at a hospital for severely injured turtles. Turtles have been around for 220 million years - longer than dinosaurs. But now their time might be running out. Of the roughly 300 species worldwide, more than half are threatened with extinction. Freshwater, marine and land turtles are all affected. And their biggest threat is us! As the human race grows and expands on the planet, turtles are losing their homes, suffering the effects of pollution, the pet and food trade, killed by cars as they try to cross roads, and snared in fishing nets or by fish hooks meant to catch other species. Fortunately, a community of scientists, environmentalists and volunteers around the world are helping to protect and save turtles. The author, Sue Carstairs, is a veterinarian at a turtle rescue and rehabilitation centre. She reveals how she repairs shattered shells, broken jaws, and injured skulls, and nurses severely injured turtles back to health for release into the wild. She also explains how turtle eggs are harvested from injured mothers, incubated, raised in tanks and released into the wild. Organizations around the world performing similar work with land and sea turtles are also profiled. What can readers do to help the worldwide effort to save and protect turtles? Two examples from the many offered in the book: participate in World Turtle Day, on May 23rd every year, sponsored by American Tortoise Rescue, and lobby for 'turtle crossing' signs in nesting areas.


Saving Turtles is billed as A Kid's Guide to Helping Endangered Creatures, but this short paperback is really an expose on turtle rescue, rehabilitation and research. Veterinarian and turtle rehab specialist Sue Carstairs gives readers a verbal and visual window on how turtles get put back together after sustaining serious injuries. Each two-page spread briefly covers specific topics related to basic turtle biology and extremes (oldest, rarest, etc.), turtles in crisis (in the past decade 80 percent of Asian freshwater turtles have been lost for example), headstarting (including incubating, hatching and releasing baby turtles), research being done in the field (protection), how to educate students and get involved in conservation. One two-pager near the back of the book is dedicated to ways in which kids can get involved, but that is only a small part of the much larger picture the book presents. Excellent photography, maps and other visuals contribute to what is about a 50/50 text/image split. Middle school students and their teachers can use this book as a brief introduction to all things turtles. Apart from the gory details and photographs of turtle rehab that may especially appeal to the budding vets in your class, this book will also provide them with a global perspective on how to save turtles.--Alan Crook Green Teacher (12/01/2015)

About the Author

Sue Carstairs BSc, DVM is the executive director and medical director at the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre. She also teaches veterinary science at Seneca College.

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64 pages


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Publication date

6th November 2014



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