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Getting Back to Nature

Updated: Sep 25, 2018

September 21, 2018 | Travel & Wanderlust

Green Wildlife and Nature Center is a 501C non-profit organization committed to the repopulation and protection of endangered and threatened species of turtles, tortoises, and birds from around the world.

Located in the quiet community of San Benito, Texas, mere miles from the U.S. border, the dedicated team has created a unique oasis mirroring multiple native habitats of species from across the globe.  The facility currently houses over 200 species of endangered turtles and tortoises from around the world, and over 70 rare birds, both native to Texas and originating from habitats worldwide.

The team of conservationist are led by Kelly Hull, a Dallas native that from a young age knew his life goal was to preserve and protect these unique and amazing creatures. Paired with his mother, Dr. Janet Hull, PHD, CN, who holds degrees in International Geography, Environmental Science, Toxicology, and Holistic Nutrition work towards not only propagation of the animals in their care, but continued education on how we can make a better environment for all.  Hull credits the success of the program to the “dedication of the staff, volunteers, and donors that make what we’re doing here possible.  Without the tireless efforts of these folks and the wildlife community, we wouldn’t be where we are today”

Blue & Gold Macaw

I had the opportunity to capture images of these majestic animals on a recent visit where I volunteered at the facility.  Oliver, a blue and gold macaw is a prominent member of the feathered lineup.  He is a recent addition in the last 10 months. Side note, Oliver is NOT a FAN of camera flash.  His favorite thing to ask you is “whattttttttt’s going onnnnnnn” and his favorite snack is peanuts in the shell.  The turtles and tortoises are the most fascinating creatures on the property to me. They’re prehistoric look and methodic behaviors kept me entranced for hours.  These guys love their cactus snacks, which is abundant on the property.


Burmese Brown Mountain
Big Mama

I am deeply in love with this facility and their efforts to conserve and protect these creatures.  If you’re interested in getting involved, donating, or even if you have questions about the operation, contact GREEN for more details and like them on Facebook.

See the entire gallery of my visit HERE


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