It is estimated that about 200,000 turtles have been abandoned in Dutch nature. They often die there after long periods of starvation and pose a threat to the local flora and fauna. The turtle species involved is the pond slider. This species has 3 known subspecies, namely the red-eared slider, cumberland slider and yellow-bellied slider.
To help these turtles, Faunawatch has started a turtle shelter in Maastricht. We have received a permit from the national government for helping these invasive turtles. The shelter has place for 500 turtles. We will take care of turtles that have been abandoned in nature and there is also space for found turtles and turtles that are brought to us by an owner in case they can’t take care of the turtle anymore. The turtles will first be quarantined. There they will be examined clinically and parasitologic exam will be conducted. They are also chipped. Then they will go to the large residential ponds where they can stay for the rest of their lives. Read more about housing here.
You can help the turtles in different ways:
Adopt a turtle for just €5,- a month
Join our team of volunteers
You have found a stray turtle? You need to give your turtle up?
Several turtles have already been brought to the shelter. 20 additional quarantine tanks have been purchased to allow more turtles to be quarantined.
The first turtle has arrived and has been quarantined. In the meantime, the residential ponds are being dug and the shelter is being set up.