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.
To Save Turtles www.ontarioturtle.ca
Director Of Photography
Michael Phillip Wojewoda
Monkey & Machine Productions
Maxx Lennox and Rob Massie
Legal & Business Affairs
Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre
Dr. Sue Carstairs
Michael Mahovlich Photography
Ontario Ministry Of Natural Resources
Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park
The nice people of the turtle belt
Produced with a grant awarded by BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent)
A division of Bell Media Inc. www.bravofact.com
No turtles were harmed in the making of this film.