Projects

MARY RIVER TURTLE CONSERVATION PROJECT

The Mary River turtle is listed as being at ‘high risk of extinction’ in a report by the Turtle Conservation Coalition “Turtles in Trouble: The World’s 25+ Most Endangered Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles – 2011 (www.iucn-tfsg.rg/trouble/.) Since 2001, Tiaro & District Landcare Group has been actively involved with a range of activities, all with the goal of conserving this endangered species.

Activities include:

  • CONSERVATION
    Each nesting season since 2001, members of Tiaro Landcare Group have been involved with in-situ nest protection activities. 437 clutches have been protected up to the end of the 2010 nesting season. At least 2,755 hatchlings have successfully emerged from their wild nests. Without nest protection, the majority of the clutches are predated.
  • EDUCATION School Program
    Presentations and talks, locally and internationally Display at Tiaro Craft Cottage & Information Centre (Bruce Highway, Tiaro) Publication of booklet – The Mary River turtle, yesterday, today, tomorrow Production of DVD – Sharing Mary, a long fat turtle tale Fact Sheets on turtles of the Mary River
  • FUND RAISING
    Sale of hand made chocolate turtles which have travelled to Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Abu Dhabi, England, United States of America and Brazil.
  • RESEARCH
    In 2005, Tiaro & District Landcare Group established a Mary River turtle support scholarship ($5,000 p.a. plus in-kind support) to encourage post graduate students to conduct new research into this endangered species. A co-operative partnership has developed between The University of Queensland and Tiaro Landcare.