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Leonardo the Turtle

Leonardo the Turtle

After months recuperating at the Burj Al Arab Aquarium and the Mina A' Salam turtle enclosure, Leonardo swam into the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf and headed home.

Cheers and warm wishes marked Leonardo’s send-off and a small crowd watched eagerly as he made his great escape. The coming months will be spent reacquainting himself with old haunts and nesting grounds but hotel guests, volunteers and wildlife enthusiasts around the world, can follow his journey online.

Leonardo is among the 562 rescued sea turtles, treated and nursed back to health by the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) since its inception in 2004. The only project of its kind in the Middle East and Red Sea region, the DTRP is based at Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah in collaboration with Dubai’s Wildlife Protection Office. Essential veterinary support is provided by the Dubai Falcon Hospital and the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory.