- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) - More than 20 endangered Blanding’s turtle hatchlings have a new temporary home at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

The 24 hatchlings are part of a partnership between the aquarium and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.

The forest preserve district’s head-start program aims to safely raise and release young turtles to boost native populations. Researchers in 1996 found that the Blanding’s turtle population in the region was made up of mostly adults and few juveniles.

Aquarium visitors won’t be able to see the turtles to limit their contact with humans. Shedd staff will care for the turtles during their time at the aquarium.

The hatchlings will remain at the aquarium for a year until they are large enough to be released in a DuPage County forest preserve.



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