About the Turtle Trek
Run/Walk for the turtles! The inaugural South Carolina Aquarium Turtle Trek, a 5K sunset beach run/walk, raises awareness for Sea Turtle Recovery, a new exhibit opening in spring 2017, and the Aquarium’s conservation initiatives. All proceeds from the Turtle Trek will support the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center.
About the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center™
Worldwide, all seven species of sea turtles are listed as threatened or endangered, four of which are found locally: the loggerhead, the Kemp’s ridley, the green, and the leatherback. To help ensure that sea turtles have a future in our oceans, the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Care Center™ aids sick and injured sea turtles in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
Sea turtles arrive at the hospital suffering from bacterial or fungal infections, shock from being exposed to cold temperatures, injury from a boat strike or shark bite, or ingestion of plastic from the ocean. Our staff veterinarian diagnoses each turtle and works with Sea Turtle Care Center™ staff and volunteers to provide treatment and rehabilitative care.
To date, we have rehabilitated and released over 225 sea turtles. With your support, we can continue efforts to sustain these species into the next century and beyond.
The Mission of the South Carolina Aquarium
Our mission is to inspire conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research, and by providing an exceptional visitor experience.
The South Carolina Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Questions or comments? Please contact Stephanie Gabosch at 843-579-8540 or firstname.lastname@example.org