Pond Turtle Protection Centre

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In the management office of Poleski National Park where, among others, films are shown, there is Pond Turtle Protection Centre. In the period from mid-September to the end of May there are little pond turtles in the Centre. It is one of the activities the Park Service aimed at improving the state of pond turtles. There are many reasons why small pond turtles are kept in the Centre. One of them is that it is difficult to access water reservoirs near their lairs in which, during early autumn, there is no water. Young turtles residing in the Centre during the winter time are given food and they grow (they are 2-3 times bigger than in the autumn). They are released in spring into water near their lairs. Such actions increase their chances of survival in the environment.