Become a volunteer that wants to help the sick and injured turtles of the Great Barrier Reef Turtle Rehabilitation project. This is the largest living thing on Earth, so be a part of an amazing group of people to keep these little creatures alive.
To start with, The Rehabilitation Centre in the north of Queensland looks after turtles brought in from the Great Barrier Reef and Cape York Peninsula. Various animals are suffering from disease, hunger, wounds caused by boats, swallowed plastic that is mistaken for food or even fishing gear that has been thrown overboard. Many of the turtles brought in from the Great Barrier Reef are suffering from ‘floaters disease’.
Additionally, with no Government funding, donations from volunteers and local businesses have kept the centre open for nearly 20 years from when it was founded in 2000.
Species of turtles in care at the centre include Green, Hawksbill and also Olive Ridley turtles. The turtle count varies depending on the season and also the number of current turtles rescued requiring care, however it is usually around 9-12.
So, the volunteers make a massive difference to this rehabilitation centre. Ever since the centre first opened its doors over 10 years ago the success rate in rehabilitating injured and sick animals and returning them to their natural habitat has improved to more than 85%, from 20-30%.
- Rehabilitating sick and injured turtles
- Helping to promote humane and sustainable practices through co-operation and education initiatives
- Cleaning turtle tanks
- Feeding rescued turtles
- Reef monitoring research
- Distressed turtle rescue
- Preparation for tours
- GPS tracking data analysis
- Intensive Care Unit
Our volunteers will work closely with the turtles, cleaning them of algae that builds up on their bodies in the tanks. Any other handling is limited and only by instruction. During your time at the project, you may assist with tagging the turtles, veterinary care, relocation and also releasing back into the ocean.
Additionally, the Great Barrier Reef Turtle Rehabilitation Centre is home to sand flies. However, these small biting pests are easily maintained. Simply, by spraying your legs with good quality waterproof fly spray repellent or simply covering yourself up by wearing shoes and socks and long sleeve top and pants.
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