Protect the Endangered Pearl River Map Turtle from Extinction

Target: Aurelia Skipwith, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Protect the rare Pearl River map turtle from extinction at the hands of development, pollution, and hunting.

After declining in number by over 90 percent, the Pearl River map turtle may finally receive the protections it deserves. Native only to Louisiana and Mississippi, the rare turtle has faced habitat loss, pollution, and even the illegal medicine market. Action must be taken now to protect it from extinction.

The small turtle with a uniquely ridged shell can live for as long as 30 years, but the species as a whole may not survive even that long. Dredging has led to habitat loss, while hunting has destroyed most of the remaining population. The animals are popular as pets as well as in food and medicine.

The federal government has finally agreed to investigate the species and its future. In fall 2020, the turtle may finally receive endangered species status. Sign the petition to show your support for this move.


Dear Director Skipwith,

The Pearl River map turtle has long been subjected to habitat loss and hunting. The rare species has seen its home dredged and has been used in everything from popular meals to illegal medicine. Its population has declined by over 90 percent as a result.

To lose this species would be a tragedy. The Pearl River map turtle has waited far too long for endangered species status. Now, it may finally receive the protection it deserves. I ask that you award the Pearl River map turtle federal endangered species protections to save it from extinction.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Cris Hagen, University of Georgia, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory


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