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Today is #WorldTurtleDay.

Globally, there are seven species of sea turtles – of these, five species occur in South African waters. KwaZulu-Natal is especially fortunate because loggerhead and leatherback turtles nest on our sandy beaches. Hawksbill and Green turtles feed along our coast, while Olive Ridley turtles are considered vagrants who pass by while going to their intended destinations, and occasionally strand on our shores.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classified all seven species of sea turtles as threatened. Turtles have recently become the ambassador species for the global campaign against plastic pollution.

Turtles mistake plastic bags as jellyfish, which is a major component of some species’ diets. Once ingested, turtles cannot expel the plastic bags due to their backward pointing papillae which only enable one-way ingestion. This results in turtles not being able to further feed, suffocation and buoyancy issues. A recent study revealed that 50% of the world’s turtles may have plastic in their system.

As consumers, we can make a difference by avoiding single-use plastic items like cups, bags and straws and encouraging others to follow suit.
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This year SAAMBR pays tribute to six people who have largely dedicated their lives to conservation through a range of different activities. Our next Conservation Legend is Ed Ostrosky.

Ed Ostrosky was raised among the swamps of Florida and joined the U.S. Army in 1967. After serving two tours in Vietnam, he worked in the US and Bahamas. He immigrated to Zimbabwe in 1973 and worked for the Tsetse Control Department. In 1975 he joined National Parks and Wildlife Management, and worked in Wankie National Park, Deka Safari Area, Chizarira National Park, Marongora (Zambezi Valley) and Mana Pools National Park.

In 1982 he immigrated to South Africa where he joined the KwaZulu Bureau of Natural Resources. He was responsible for the negotiations and proclamation of the Tembe Elephant Park. For the next seventeen years he managed the Tembe Elephant Park, and later the Tembe-Ndumo Complex. In 1999 he moved to Mkhuze Game Reserve and then headed Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Field Training and Firearms Unit until his retirement in 2014.

In 1996 he was awarded the Gold Medal and the Norman Dean Trophy by the Game Rangers Association of Africa for his work in establishing the Tembe Elephant Park and in 2006 he was awarded the GRAA Silver Medal for his work in conservation field and law enforcement training.

Date: 14 June 2018
Time: 17h30 for 18h00
Venue: Len Baumann Conference Hall,
SAAMBR at uShaka Marine World, Durban.

Tea and coffee available before the presentation.
Parking: Available for own cost.

If you would like to attend this special event please RSVP: or Tel: 031 328 8222 for enquiries.
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