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Conservation Center to add turtle display

Feb 22, 2018

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


Beginning next week, the Washington County Conservation Center in Marr Park will be the site of an interactive display that showcases turtles which director Steve Anderson promises will be fun for the whole family.

Anderson said the display is on loan from Ringgold County and that Washington County workers will be going to pick it up early next week and then set it up in the center. The exhibit is free to Washington County, with the only cost being for the county to pick it up. He said that turtles have always been an interest at the center, as there are several live turtles already on display.

“We have turtles in all the waters we take care of,” Anderson said.

The traveling exhibit, called “Turtles: The Secret of the Shell,” will be available free of charge to all visitors to the center. With more than 200 turtles in the exhibit, representing more than 100 species, Anderson said it is the largest and most diverse collection of turtles on public display anywhere in the world.

The exhibit has been produced by the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque with partial funding through the Resource Enhancement And Protection (REAP) Conservation Education Program.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 12, 2018 16:14
Posted by: Richard Greiner | Mar 03, 2018 11:09

Warning: we just went to see the "largest collection of turtles on public display" - there are TWO turtles!  What a disappointment!



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