CHATTANOOGA, TN – The Tennessee Aquarium and a variety of zoological institutions and conservation organizations have officially declared 2020 “The Year of the Turtle” to celebrate every species of turtle to raise awareness of their habitat challenges.
This yearlong turtle bonanza will comprise a wide range of turtle-y awesome updates and additions to the Aquarium visitor experience as well as training a bigger spotlight on the work being done by conservation groups to study and safeguard turtles around the world.
During 2020, the Tennessee Aquarium will leverage its turtle expertise to show guests why these reptiles are important througho a variety of activities and educational outreach, including:
The Turtle Trail —
As they wind their way from the mountains to the sea in the River Journey building, guests will find a string of themed “trail blazes” that offer interesting insights about many turtle species on display that might otherwise have been overlooked.
Turtle Odyssey 3D —
On Feb. 13, the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater will begin screening this all-new, giant-screen film. The production focuses on the epic journey undertaken by Green Sea Turtles hatchlings and scientific efforts to save this majestic species from extinction. This journey “through the eyes of a turtle” features narration by Academy Award-winner and turtle conservation champion Russell Crowe.
Turtles of the World —
On March 1, guests will be able to explore a completely refreshed and expanded gallery focused on highlighting turtle diversity with particular emphasis on turtle “hotspots” in Southeast Asia and the Southeastern United States. The gallery features several new exhibits, a variety of kid-friendly interactive games and a working turtle nursery where guests can observe scientists caring for turtle hatchlings.
For more information about Year of the Turtle, visit www.tnaqua.org/yearoftheturtle.
For more information about Turtle Odyssey 3D, visit www.tnaqua.org/imax/turtle-odyssey.