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Disney Releases Four Rehabilitated Green Sea Turtles in Vero Beach

When we think “Disney” our minds go to attractions, snacks, and magical memories. But, one of Disney’s major efforts is conservation of this planet we live on and the creatures that make it so beautiful. Disney recently released four rehabilitated green sea turtles in Vero Beach after providing months of critical care. Check out the details below!

 

Photo Credit: Disney Conservation Facebook

After months of receiving specialized care at The Seas with Nemo & Friends at EPCOT, Disney Conservation Team Wildlife released four rehabilitated green sea turtles near Disney’s Vero Beach Resort earlier this week. The threatened juvenile sea turtles, ranging in size from 6.5 to 10 pounds, were rescued near the resort this past spring after washing ashore malnourished, dehydrated and lethargic. In partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the sea turtles were first taken to the Brevard Zoo and later transported to The Seas with Nemo & Friends at EPCOT for further medical care. A team of Disney animal care professionals worked to nurse the sea turtles back to health, giving them much needed fluids, antibiotics and nourishment. 

“All seven species of sea turtles around the world are considered to be threatened or endangered,” said Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President of Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment team. “We recognize that every sea turtle counts toward reversing the decline. The successful rehabilitation and release of these green sea turtles demonstrates the incredible dedication of our Cast Members and Disney’s overall commitment to wildlife conservation.”

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Way to go Disney cast and community! If you’re ever visiting Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, you might just have an opportunity to see Disney at work, as the home base for Disney’s sea turtle conservation efforts is at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. Since the start of the sea turtle conservation program in 2003, Disney has recorded more than 1 million sea turtle hatchlings in the area. More broadly, The Disney Conservation Fund has directed more than $4 million to sea turtle conservation efforts around the world!

About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 15 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.