The mission of the facility is to understand and conserve sea turtles for future generations.
JCU Turtle Health Research brings together academics, postgraduate students and volunteers who share an unwavering passion for the health and wellbeing of turtles in the tropics.
There is a lot of interest in turtle health both in Australia and worldwide. We are very fortunate to have support from local indigenous groups, government agencies, non-government organisations and volunteer organisations who all come together in the field to assist with our research, enhance our understanding of the turtles, and ultimately save these majestic mariners.
One way to answer some of our research questions and establish baseline health parameters is to look at healthy turtles of all ages. This is why we have a purpose-built facility that caters for the special needs of hatchling turtles, whilst enabling us to study their early development and response to vaccination, exercise etc. We have fondly named this facility ‘The Caraplace’.
Associate Professor Ellen Ariel