NATURE’s The Reptiles: Turtles and Tortoises takes a close look at ancient creatures marching slowly through the millennia.
A turtle’s shell is among the most peculiar but successful pieces of design in the natural world. Unchanged for 200 million years, it has allowed the various species of turtles to populate almost everywhere in the world. But the limitations of life in a shell are causing turtles problems in today’s world. Over exploitation by humans has caused many turtle species to become extinct or endangered. This episode introduces some inspirational people who are trying to help them.
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Online content for The Reptiles: Turtles and Tortoises was originally posted February 2003.
Production Credits Print
With thanks to:
GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARKS -- DESIREE CRUZ
CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION -- ROZ CAMERON
U.S. MARINE AND FISHERY SERVICE
THE TURTLE HOSPITAL
US NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE -- JOSHUA TREE
ARIZONA DESERT MUSEUM
THE SAN DIEGO TURTLE AND TORTOISE SOCIETY
RANCHO SAN DIEGO ANIMAL HOSPITAL
CUC PHONG CONSERVATION PROJECT
DOUGLAS HENDRIE AND VU THI QUYEN
OSTIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
SEA TURTLE RESTORATION PROJECT -- RANDALL ARAUZ
DR PETER PRITCHARD
CAPE NATURE CONSERVATION
DR ERNST BAARD, MARK GENTLE, ANTON AND LEIGH-ANN WOLFHAART
PROTEUS REPTILE RESCUE
Company Production Manager
ALAN R. MILLER
All sequences in this programme, whether filmed in the wild or under controlled conditions, represent authentic behavior.
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN
Executive in Charge
A Co-Production of Thirteen/WNET New York and Partridge Films Limited
This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York,
which is solely responsible for its content.
About the Writer
David Malakoff is a journalist covering research discoveries and the politics of science for SCIENCE MAGAZINE in Washington, D.C. His writing has appeared in a wide range of venues, including THE ECONOMIST, THE WASHINGTON POST, and ABCNews.com.
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