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How do you fix an injured turtle? With modern veterinary medicine — and zip ties, duct tape and crazy glue.

The Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre is a little-known turtle trauma centre in Peterborough, Ontario. Every year, injured turtles arrive at the centre after collisions with cars and boats.

Most freshwater turtle species in Canada are endangered due to loss of habitat and modern human interference. Turtles are vital for healthy wetlands, and every saved turtle makes a difference.

Veterinarian Dr. Sue Carstairs leads a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who are developing their own groundbreaking approach to reptile medicine — an approach that includes zip ties, duct tape and crazy glue. Of their work at the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, she says, “We are saving the world one turtle at a time”.

This visually stunning film shows turtles in a way that few have seen before, highlighting their amazing ability to recover from catastrophic injuries.

Credits (Click to expand)

To Save Turtles

Scott Dobson

Jono Nemethy
Scott Dobson

Director Of Photography
Juan Montalvo

Sound Recordist
Daniel Hewett
Igal Petel

Celest Natale

Assistant Editor
Mary Komech

Story Consultant
Carole Larsen

Original Score
Michael Phillip Wojewoda

Drone Cinematography
Monkey & Machine Productions
Monica Blaylock

Camera Ops
Maxx Lennox and Rob Massie

Legal & Business Affairs
Allison Weiss

Mary Komech

Eggplant Pictures:

Online Editor
Patrick Hirlehey

Mark Driver

Sound Editors
Andy Frech
Deeana Marano

Re-recording Mixer
Bruce Fleming

Thank you

Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre
Dr. Sue Carstairs
Lindsay Maxim
Kate Penton
Lisa Black
Drew Maxwell
Maureen Lilley
Hyaa Contractor
Megan Miller
Ian McBain
Brigette Kay
Michael Mahovlich Photography
Jason Kennedy
Dazmo Camera
Anne MacLachlan
Ontario Ministry Of Natural Resources
Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park
The nice people of the turtle belt
Paul Moyer
Sachie Matsushita
Naomi Matsushita
Frank Dobson
Mark Alberts

Produced with a grant awarded by BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent)
A division of Bell Media Inc.

No turtles were harmed in the making of this film.