After quarter of a century as one of the staunchest guardians of our oceans and their inhabitants, Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World is proudly formalising their role as marine protectors and launching the Kelly Tarlton’s Marine Wildlife Trust.
Animal rescue and rehabilitation is a lengthy and expensive exercise. It can cost up to $10,000 to successfully rehabilitate a sick or injured turtle – and every year we typically have six turtles that need our help. Funds raised by the Trust will support rehabilitation programmes and also enable valuable, but currently cost-prohibitive, scientific study to go ahead – for example, attaching satellite tracking devices to animals when they are released.
The Trust’s second core objective will be educating the general public (and in particular primary, secondary and tertiary students) about the importance of caring for our marine environment and helping them get to know the fascinating creatures who live in our waters a little better.
The Trust will be financed via donations secured through fundraising efforts and contributions from Kelly Tarlton’s who is currently pledging to donate $125,000 to support Trust initiatives over the next five years.