The crystal-clear waters of Abu Dhabi are about to witness a momentous occasion. The Wildlife Rescue Program, a collaborative effort between the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) and The National Aquarium Abu Dhabi (TNA), is poised to achieve a remarkable feat: rescuing its 1,000th sea turtle since its launch in 2020. This milestone signifies a resounding success story for marine conservation in the UAE, highlighting the dedication and expertise poured into protecting these vulnerable creatures.

Get ready to meet “Turtle 1,000,” the symbolic 1,000th turtle about to embark on a unique journey. Dive deeper into its story through an interactive blog hosted on TNA’s website and social media platforms. Witness Turtle 1,000’s rehabilitation journey explained by expert veterinarians, and then, in the summer of 2024, celebrate its triumphant release back into the wild!

But Turtle 1,000’s release isn’t just another release. Equipped with a satellite tag, its movements will be meticulously tracked, offering invaluable data on the health and migration patterns of these majestic creatures. This information will be instrumental in guiding future conservation efforts, ensuring the well-being of sea turtles for generations to come.

The success of the Wildlife Rescue Program isn’t solely measured in numbers. It’s a testament to the power of collaboration. Ahmed Al Hashmi, Executive Director of the Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity Sector at EAD, emphasizes, “This milestone reinforces Abu Dhabi’s position as a leader in rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing flagship species.” Paul Robert Hamilton, General Manager of The National Aquarium Abu Dhabi, echoes this sentiment, highlighting the program’s broader impact: “This is not just about one turtle, but about securing the future of these important creatures.”

The journey doesn’t end here. The program thrives on the active participation of the community. If you ever encounter a defenseless turtle, remember the helpline number: 800 555. By taking action, you become a guardian of our planet and its precious ecosystems, ensuring a brighter future for these gentle giants of the sea.

So, let’s celebrate this incredible achievement together. Spread the word, follow Turtle 1,000’s journey, and join the ongoing efforts to protect our marine wonders. Remember, every action, however small, has the power to create a ripple effect of positive change.

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