Conservation International and National Geographic Combine Science, Celebrity Talent and Action Packed Fun to Help Protect Endangered Leatherbacks in Great Turtle Race
**Celebrities Available for Interviews - Press Call 4/15
at 1:00 EST **
Arlington, VA – Conservation International (CI) and National
Geographic will hold a telephone news conference April 15 to kick off the "Great
Turtle Race," with 11 leatherback sea turtles competing in an epic journey from
feeding areas in chilly waters off Canada's Atlantic coast to breeding areas in
warm tropical waters throughout the Caribbean.
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Participants in the call include Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard, NBC announcer
Rowdy Gaines, Olympic champions Jason Lezak and Eric Shanteau, as well as
scientists and experts from Conservation International, the Canadian Sea Turtle
Network and National Geographic.
The call-in # is 1-800-894-5910 – the pass code is "Turtle" and the
program title is "The Great Turtle Race." To RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Race fans can see the action online at www.GreatTurtleRace.org, created in
partnership with NationalGeographic.com, which puts the spotlight on one of
today’s most iconic animal species and what can be done to protect them and
their ocean home.
Who: Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard, NBC Announcer Rowdy Gaines, Olympic
champions Jason Lezak and Eric Shanteau, Conservation International Scientists
and Representatives from National Geographic.
What: Press Call for The Great Turtle Race: An exciting event that
allows people worldwide towitness these magnificent creatures journey from their
feeding grounds off Canada’s Atlantic coast to nest on Caribbean beaches, and to
learn about the challenges and threatsthey face along the way.
When: April 15, 1:00 pm EST USA
Where: www.GreatTurtleRace.org, hosted by National
Why: To raise awareness and support for protection of leatherback sea
turtles and the worlds oceans.
How: A suspenseful race combining science and action-packed fun via
the interactive website, www.GreatTurtleRace.org. The site will
feature a map following the journey of each turtle, with daily updates by guest
bloggers including champions of surfing and swimming, marine scientists and
Phone: (202) 406-0646