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A sea turtle rescue effort

With sea turtle rehabilitation centers along the Eastern Seaboard already at capacity following a record year for strandings, Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri partnered with officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in an unprecedented effort to become the Midwest’s only sea turtle rescue, rehabilitation and release center.

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The Turtles Have Arrived

Just in time for Christmas, 12 cold-stunned loggerhead sea turtles arrived at Wonders of Wildlife. The turtles arrived from Cape Cod, flying over 1,200 miles to get here. Read the full story by clicking the link below.

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Medical Exams

Last Wednesday, Wonders of Wildlife’s 12 loggerhead sea turtle rescues underwent their biggest medical exam to-date. Read the full story by clicking the link below.

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Sea Turtle Release

Twelve endangered loggerhead sea turtles were successfully released back to their native habitat in the Atlantic Ocean on April 6th, 2021. Read the full story by clicking the link below.

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“Johnny Morris founded Wonders of Wildlife in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri to inspire midwestern kids and families to care about conserving wildlife around the world, and rescuing these sea turtles is a great example of his conservation vision in action,” said Bob Ziehmer, Senior Director of Conservation at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. “The expert team at Wonders of Wildlife will provide the turtles with incredible care – and plenty of genuine Ozarks hospitality – throughout their stay and recovery.”

12 CHRISTMAS MIRACLES

12 endangered loggerhead sea turtles who were stranded on the beaches of Cape Cod were in desperate need of a Christmas miracle. They ended up finding an unlikely refuge more than 1,200 miles from the ocean at Wonders of Wildlife.

Dasher

Dasher

Always zipping around

Vixen

Vixen

Worst biter

Comet

Comet

One of the fastest swimmers

Olive

Olive

One of the smallest

Dancer

Dancer

Swims around a lot

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Blitzen

Biter, big turtle

Donner (1)

Donner

BIG turtle

Rudolph

Rudolph

Leader

Prancer

Prancer

Troublemaker

Clarice

Clarice

Small and dainty

Cupid

Cupid

Beautiful heart shaped shell

Chet

Chet

Roughhouser

ADOPT AN ANIMAL

Stay connected to the 35,000 live animals that call Wonders of Wildlife home with a symbolic animal adoption. In exchange for your generous support, you’ll receive a one-of-a-kind package from the Aquarium to commemorate your care.

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