As unprecedented cold temperatures swept through Texas in early February, green sea turtles, afflicted by a hypothermic reaction called cold-stunning, were found by rescuers throughout the Laguna Madre. Our conservation partners at Padre Island National Seashore collaborated with the Texas State Aquarium and other partners to intake, document, and transport the cold-stunned turtles over at the Aquarium’s Rescue Center.
The ARCAS Rescue Center receives between 300 and 600 wild animals per year of over 40 different species, the majority of them confiscated from wildlife traffickers operating in the Maya Biosphere Reserve in the northern Peten region of Guatemala. The Reserve forms part of the largest remaining tropical forest area in Mesoamerica, home to the last viable populations of such beautiful and charismatic wild animals as scarlet macaws, crocodiles, peccaries, and jaguars. It is the source of much of the wildlife trafficked throughout Central America.