Turtle Exhibition for month of December

Have a preview of the amazing bronze Mary River turtle sculpture as part of Tiaro Landcare’s ‘Exclusive & Elusive’ exhibition at Gatakers ArtSpace, Kent St., Maryborough for the month of Dec.  An exhibition of photographs, carapaces, aluminum turtles, DVD Sharing Mary a long fat turtle tale etc – including life size images of a lungfish (1.7m) & Mary River Cod (1.5m).

Yamaha speeds up Turtle tracking

University of Qld researchers and Tiaro Landcare volunteers spent 3 days downloading data from hydrophones and actively tracking tagged juvenile turtles. One juvenile was located which hadn’t been ‘heard’ of since July!! Must have been hiding. Thanks to support from Yamaha which ‘speeded up’ locating the turtles.

In the race to extinction

In the race to extinction among all large groups of well-known animals, turtles hold the lead with about half of their more than 300 species threatened with extinction (Turtle Taxonomy Working Group 2010). The Turtle Conservation Coalition have recently published “Turtles in Trouble: The World’s 25+ Most Endangered Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles 2011”. www.iucn-tftsg.org/trouble/. The Mary River turtle, Elusor macrurus is ranked at 41 and included in the group “Turtles at High Risk of Extinction”. This report acknowledges the dedicated conservation efforts of Tiaro & District Landcare Group.