Turtle Hospital at Reef HQ Aquarium
Why a Turtle Hospital? - Reef HQ

Why a Turtle Hospital?

The Reef HQ Aquarium turtle hospital provides a dedicated facility where sick and injured marine turtles can be cared for and rehabilitated. The hospital operates under and promotes the C.A.R.E (Conserve. Act. Rehabilitate. Educate) philosophy playing a key role in raising community awareness in relation to threatened species and encouraging behavioural change that contributes to nature conservation.

The turtle hospital was officially opened on the 24 August 2009 by the honourable Peter Garrett AM MP, Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts.

Marine Turtles are long-lived, slow growing and late maturing. Despite protection marine turtles face a number of threats:

  • Fishing nets, lines and hooks - Bring all your fishing tackle home.
  • Boat Strikes - Go slow for those below and keep an eye out for turtles.
  • Litter - Turtles and other sea creatures mistake it for food.
  • Plastic Bags - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Report sick or injured marine turtles 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625)

How to make a contribution

Donations to the turtle hospital are welcome and can be made either online via our Reef HQ Turtle Hospital MyCause website or by contacting the Reef HQ Aquarium team. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Philanthropic receipts are available.

donate online OR
Contact Reef HQ Aquarium
P: +61 7 4750 0800
F: +61 7 4772 5281
E: info@reefHQ.com.au


Last published on 05/04/2012

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