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 his spine, shattered his pelvis, and paralyzed his back flippers. Harbor has recovered from his extensive injuries, though with some lasting impairments, it was determined that he was a non-releasable turtle. He 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.