Please note: Turtle Buff orders can no longer be placed. Please do donate to our conservation fund if you wish to support our work. And watch this space for future promotions. Thank you - 3 October 2015

Since our last turtle rehabilitation update in June, the Two Oceans Aquarium’s turtle count has crossed the 200 mark. We’re still receiving stranded loggerhead hatchlings and larger turtles from Arniston to Wilderness.

Recently, we asked for donations to our turtle rehabilitation programme and we had a great response. Now we have another wonderful way through which you can contribute to this amazing, lifesaving cause.

The Turtle Buff®
 

Introducing ... the Turtle Buff®

The fun, custom-designed Turtle Buff® has been created especially to raise funds for the Two Oceans Aquarium’s turtle rehabilitation programme. 

Each Turtle Buff® sold at R220 will equate to a donation of R100 to the rehabilitation and release of sea turtles by the Aquarium. Buff® South Africa will also generously donate an additional 10% of all units sold to the turtle rehabilitation fund.

To place orders and make payments, click here. [Please note: Turtle Buff orders can no longer be placed. Please do donate to our conservation fund if you wish to support our work. And watch this space for future promotions. Thank you - 3 October 2015]

Please note, this is a limited offer and orders will only be accepted until 30 September. Thereafter, the estimated time of delivery for the Buff® is 6 weeks. All orders must be collected from the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Why turtles?

Sea turtles are living dinosaurs, having survived some 90-million years on Earth. Sadly, turtle populations are rapidly declining and all seven species of sea turtles are threatened with extinction. Taking into account that it is estimated that only 1 in 1 000 turtle hatchlings reach adulthood, and the fact that sea turtles are facing ever-increasing threats from human activities, rehabilitating any stranded and injured sea turtle is a priority to ensure the survival of the species.

Photo by Renée Leeuwner

Stranding and rehabilitation

Each year a number of stranded hatchling turtles are brought to the Two Oceans Aquarium for rehabilitation. These small turtles are however not the only sea turtles that the Aquarium rehabilitates. Adult and sub-adult turtles are also rehabilitated and the species range include loggerhead, green, olive ridley, hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles. The turtles range in size from 25g to 80kg.

Rehabilitation of these turtles can take a year or more, depending on the needs of each individual, as some are not only suffering from hypothermia, but are also injured and require specific treatment which can include x-rays, antibiotics, regular and continuous veterinary care and in some cases corrective surgery. During this time, the Aquarium carries all costs associated with the rehabilitation.

Turtles receive the important medical care they need at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Photo by Renée Leeuwner

Thousands of rands are spent on providing these animals with the best possible medical care and sometimes this includes specialist veterinary care from consulting vets, specialist medication and the employment of additional staff.

Our resident vet, Dr Gergina Cole, examines a turtle X-ray. Photo by Renée Leeuwner

Once the turtles are ready for release, the Aquarium also foots the bill for flying the turtles to Durban or other appropriate areas for release.

Photo by Jacques Marais

“It is vitally important for us to rehabilitate and release the sea turtles that are brought to the Aquarium. Each turtle that we can put back in the ocean, is one more that can contribute to the survival of their species. ” – Kevin Spiby, Senior Aquarist in charge of the turtle rehabilitation programme at the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Two Oceans Aquarium Senior Aquarist Kevin Spiby. Photo by Jacques Marais

Buy a Buff® to save a turtle 

Not only will the Turtle Buff® make a beautiful addition to any outfit - and essential protection against the elements when you're outdoors - but when you buy one (or more) you will be making an invaluable contribution to the turtle rehabilitation programme at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Moreover, you will also contribute to the fight to ensure the survival of all sea turtle species.  Click here to order now. [Please note: Turtle Buff orders can no longer be placed. Please do donate to our conservation fund if you wish to support our work. And watch this space for future promotions. Thank you - 3 October 2015]

If you would like to know more about Buff®, have a look at Buff South Africa on Facebook and @Buff_ZA on Twitter

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead

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