Populations of Murray River Turtles have declined by 90% in the last 40 years and unless urgent action is taken the entire population could be wiped out.
According to the University of Western Sydney’s Dr Ricky Spencer the problem is spreading up the Murray and is only getting worse.
The biggest threat to this species is predators, mainly foxes. In some areas foxes are destroying between 90% -100% of turtle eggs each year. What this means is, essentially, there are no new generations of breeding turtles to continue the population.
The good news is that SeaLink and Captain Cook Cruises is partnering with FNPW to raise money to help save the Murray River Turtles. Information about the plight of the Turtles will be placed in every room on Captain Cook’s Murray River Princess, and guests invited to support the conservation campaign with a donation. Every guest who makes a donation will get to keep a replica sand turtle as a reminder of their gift.
Funds raised through this campaign will enable FNPW and Dr Spencer to implement a variety of projects to increase populations of Murray Turtles, including:
- creating artificial islands as a protected habitat for nesting turtles.
- recruiting local schools to help breed turtles.
- improving fox managements techniques - including fences, fox boxes and traps.
We encourage our guests to support this worthy cause. Please donate directly to the Foundation for National Wildlife and Parks.