Sea Turtle Second Chance Program

Every year, hundreds of sea turtles are beached or stranded in cold water due to injury, disease, illness, or environmental threats.

Our Sea Turtle Second Chance Program is helping to change their stories by giving sea turtles a second chance through rescue, veterinary care, rehabilitation, and release back into the wild.

Nestled within the PPG Aquarium, the Zoo’s sea turtle rehabilitation center provides world-class care with the goal of release and a renewed hope for survival for every turtle, like one of our success stories, Sunburst the sea turtle. 

Recently, the rehabilitation center welcomed a green sea turtle named Harbor. Harbor was hit by a boat propeller in a waterway in Florida. The strike severed her spine, shattered her pelvis, and paralyzed her back flippers. Harbor has recovered from her extensive injuries, though with some lasting impairments, it was determined that she was a non-releasable turtle. She continues to reside at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and serves as an ambassador for the program. 

The Sea Turtle Second Chance program is generously sponsored by Peoples Natural Gas.

Give to our Sea Turtle Second Chance Program