May 23 — same day every year — 2015 is the event’s 15th year


American Tortoise Rescue

The American Tortoise Rescue (ATR), the event’s sponsors, says on its website the day was created to celebrate the world’s oldest creatures.

Turtles and tortoises have existed for 200,000,000 years.

It’s also is a day to recognize the critical need to protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world.


Bunkie, ATR’s mascot, is the first land turtle rescued
Bunkie, said to be a lady’s man, is now the boss of the ATR’s Turtle Yard

ATR advises:

  • If you see a tortoise crossing a street, pick it up and send it in the same direction it was going. Don’t try to make it go back as it will turn around again to head where it wants to go.
  • Don’t remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured.
  • Don’t buy a turtlee or tortoise from a pet shop as this increases demand for turtles and tortoises from their natural habitats.
  • For more suggestions, visit their website.

Greeting Cards for World Turtle Day