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Its The Year Of The Turtle - Lets Shell-A-Brate

Media Alert: Thursday, October 13, 2011


October 13, 2011

Jennifer Wilson
Communications Manager

Powell, OH – Join the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for a Year of the Turtle celebration on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at the OSU Fawcett Center as part of the Zoo’s Conservation Lecture Series.  Doors open at 6:30 for up-close encounters with turtles and tortoises from the Zoo.
Two of the world’s leading experts on turtle and tortoise conservation --  Rick Hudson, President of the Turtle Survival Alliance, and Dr. Omar Attum of the Egyptian Tortoise Conservation Project – join turtle experts from the Columbus Zoo to educate guests on ways to help conserve the world’s most endangered species of turtles.
Nearly half of all freshwater turtles and tortoises are threatened with extinction. They represent a lineage dating back to the dawn of dinosaurs and fulfill important roles in freshwater ecosystems. In 2010, the Zoo established the Turtle Conservation Fund to expand its support for critically endangered turtles around the globe.
Tickets for the Year of the Turtle Celebration are $10 per person and benefit the Zoo’s Turtle Conservation Fund. To purchase tickets online visit or call (614) 724-3485 for more information.
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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 9,000 animals representing 675 species and provides more than $1 million annually to support over 70 conservation projects worldwide.  A recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Club, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium hosts more than two million visitors annually and was named the #1 Zoo in America by USA Travel Guide.  A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating. For more information and to purchase advance Zoo admission tickets, visit