The Hatchery: Turtle Conservation Experience
28 March 2021
LEVEL 4, INVENTORY, QUEENSLAND MUSEUM

Summary

World Science Festival Brisbane’s annual turtle hatching is an important conservation initiative that allows intimate access to Australia’s precious Loggerhead turtles. Visitors to the festival can get a rare glimpse of hatching turtles in their incubation chambers and the first moments of their ocean lives as they meet a seawater environment in specially designed tanks.

In 2021 The Hatchery will be joined by The University of Queensland’s Microplastics and Environmental Health research group who will deliver daily activities and displays showcasing microplastics and the effect of plastic pollutions to these special and endearing marine animals.

This initiative is designed in collaboration with internationally renowned herpetologist Colin Limpus and Queensland Museum Senior Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians, Biodiversity Program and Chair of the Animal Ethics Committee Patrick Couper.

After the festival, the newborn turtles will be transported to the Sunshine Coast and released 20 km off shore.

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Patrick Couper

Patrick Couper

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Patrick Couper

Patrick Couper joined the Herpetology Section of the Queensland Museum in 1986 as a research assistant. He is now Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians with an active research interest in...

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Microplastics and Environmental Health research group at UQ

Microplastics research team at UQ

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Microplastics research team at UQ

The microplastics research team at the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS), University of Queensland, aims to better understand how plastics are released into the Australian natural and built...

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More Information

To discuss your access requirements and to book any access services for performances, please call QTIX 136246.

Individual Session for visitors who prefer a quieter, sensory-friendly experience. Limited spaces available and bookings are essential. Patrons must book in advance please contact us.

Extra Resources

The Hatchery Crusaders

Check out the finalists and winner of the 2020 Hatchery Crusaders competition!

Little Learners I Marine Turtle I QMN

This week’s animal is at home on land just as much as at sea. Tune in with our friend Chantal to find out what it is and discover a fun activity for you to try at home.

Colouring in activity

Colour in this little guy before you come and see the real baby Loggerhead Turtles – did you get the colours right? Does your turtle look like the real thing?

Cost

Free, ticketed

Location

LEVEL 4, INVENTORY, QUEENSLAND MUSEUM, South Brisbane, QLD,

Age Recommendation

All Ages

Session Times

The Hatchery: Turtle Conservation Experience

28 March 2021

30mins 10:15am

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