Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre (home of Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre) is a registered charity whose goal is to protect and conserve Ontario’s native turtles and the habitat in which they live. We accomplish this by operating a turtle hospital that treats, rehabilitates, and releases injured turtles, by performing extensive research in the field to further conservation initiatives, and by running a comprehensive education and outreach program.
OTCC strives to increase awareness of the challenges facing Ontario’s turtles and to inspire individuals to act- that one person truly can make a difference!
Kids 4 Turtles was the original inspiration for the formation of the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre. This group of young conservationists, ages 3-10, raised almost $5,000 to purchase turtle crossing signs and obtained permission from the Peterborough County Council to erect signs throughout the county. Kids continue to play a major role in fundraising and awareness campaigns.
- Visit the Kids section of our site to read more about kids we look up to.
With seven of the eight species of Ontario turtles now listed as species at risk, there is much work to be done to prevent turtles from disappearing from our ecosystems. But each turtle saved can make a difference. Less than 1% of eggs make it to adulthood, so every turtle’s ability to reproduce over many decades is crucial. Thankfully there is plenty we can all do to help make Ontario a safer place for turtles!
- Visit the Turtles 101 section of our site for more information about turtle biology, ecology, and the species that are native to Ontario
- In the Get Involved section you will find information how to become a volunteer, member, donor, or lend a hand to turtles you come across on the road or on the water.
OTCC works hard to ensure that our fundraising practices are transparent and accessible to you. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Annual Reports can be found here.