Head Start on Life: The Milwaukee County Zoo gives ornate box turtles a head start and then releases them into the wild.

Giving ornate box turtles a head start at the Milwaukee Count Zoo and then releasing them into the wild has been a long-term project. Chad Pappas, a zookeeper at the Milwaukee County Zoo, received a field research grant funded by the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, to release “head-started turtles” into the wild in Wisconsin in 2008. The Zoological Society has supported the Zoo’s head-start program for these endangered turtles for several years.
Milwaukee County Zoo Project manager: Bruce Beehler, Deputy Zoo Director.

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Animal(s) being conserved/studied: Ornate box turtles
Alive issue: Fall 2008

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