As the zoo rehabilitates turtles that make it to the gulf waters, ExxonMobil is sponsoring 10 college students in a one of a kind conservation program.
Truman Bell with ExxonMobil explained, “They get a chance to work with the Houston Zoo experts and look at endangered sea turtles, that are endangered along the Texas Gulf Coast. What the issues are and more importantly, what they can do about it.”
Ashley Hayward, a Stephen F. Austin University Senior said, “I’ve gotten a chance to work with over 15 local conservation projects, and to me, I feel like I finally made a difference.”
At the zoo, the interns educate zoo visitors about sea turtles.
Sea turtles are threatened by fishing nets and debris, as well as poachers and beach goers. Only 1 of a hundred eggs laid by a turtle will survive to adulthood.
So this conservation program is a win-win for all.