The Zoo "head-starts" roughly 100 terrapin hatchlings each year. Under the supervision of Zoo staff, students care for the hatchlings for 10 to 12 months and then help to release them in the wetlands of the Jersey shore.
Thanks to the efforts of the three participating institutions, about 300 "head-started" young terrapins are released into the wild each year, helping to offset the death of females killed by motor vehicles.
The Philadelphia Zoo's participation in this project earned it the 2001 American Zoo and Aquarium Association's Regional Conservation Award.
* Please note – if you are interested in filming the terrapins being cared for at the Zoo, arrangements can be made before they are released on Thursday.