Reptile and Amphibian Recovery and Education (R.A.R.E)

Reptile and Amphibian Recovery and Education (R.A.R.E)

(Theme 4 – Habitat)

Organization: Thousand Islands National Park in Mallorytown

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing


Thousand Islands National Park is home to a unique mixture of reptile and amphibian species, ten of which are at risk. To ensure these amazing species will survive for generations to come, the park has created the R.A.R.E. project. This project involves two key components: species recovery and public education.

About 80 turtle hatchlings incubated at the Thousand Islands National Park in Mallorytown were released Thursday (Aug 29) with kids from a nearby nature camp enlisted to help.

This spring, National Park staff carefully collected nearly 250 eggs and put them into an incubator. Over the past few months, several of the turtles have hatched and were ready to be released into the wild this week.

“Projects like this that really engage the public and get them involved with protecting turtles on their own land and helping turtles in other ways is super important not only to protect turtle populations in the park but also through all of Ontario” said park ecologist Josh Van Wieren.

The initiative is part of the reptile and amphibian recovery and education (R.A.R.E) project that has a goal of protecting the turtle population while also educating the public. Other eggs continue to hatch and will also be released.


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Project entered on: August 31, 2019 at 12:51 pm

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