Disney’s Animal Program is known for its caring touch, training programs and efforts to help animals around the world. Recently the marine biologists with Disney’s Animal Program have done it again. According to a report by News Channel 13 in Orlando on July 27, 2014, Disney had recently released two loggerhead sea turtles back into the ocean from the shores of Wabasso Beach in Florida.
Both of the loggerhead turtles, named Anna and Elsa after the movie Frozen, had satellite transmitters attached to their shells prior to their release. This release was part of the 2014 Tour de Turtles migration marathon that Disney has participated in for the past six years. This is the seventh consecutive year Disney has participated in this sea turtle conservation event.
The ultimate goal of the Tour de Turtles is to help raise awareness about sea turtle conservation. Plus, it gives scientists a chance to track the endangered turtles.
In addition to supporting the Tour de Turtles, Disney’s Animal Program helps monitor the different sea turtle nests throughout the coasts of Florida. Team members work together to monitor these nests in an effort to protect them from both human threats and natural predators.
Though these two sea turtles were released on July 25, 2014, the official kick off for the Tour de Turtles is August 1, 2014. If you are interested in tracking Anna and Elsa online you can do so at the Tour de Turtles website. You can also explore the site and see what other sea turtles are a part of the event, including where they spent their time prior to their release, where they were released from and where they go each day.
For more information about Disney’s Animal Program visit AnimalTraining.org. The website offers information about training programs and additional conservation resources.