People Who Make A Difference: Jeff George

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas - The Rio Grande Valley is home to an impressive number of people, who have remarkable accomplishments on behalf of our natural heritage. Meet a man from South Padre Island who has devoted a quarter of a century to saving sea turtles... and the best is yet to come.

Jeff George, Executive Director of Sea Turtle Inc. on South Padre Island, has been working with sea turtles for 25 years, and from his initial encounter with them he felt a strong attraction.

"I think I connected almost immediately with the animal. It is a docile creature, a majestic creature, and it is an important creature in our ecosystem…Realizing what man had done to them, I felt a sense of leaving them for my grandchildren to see, reversing what our ancestors had done to them, and I think it was just a willingness and a desire to help."

For the past 17 years, Jeff has served as executive director of Sea Turtle Inc., and has helped save thousands of sea turtles and educated tens of thousands of people.
 
"We are rehabbing two or three hundred injured sea turtles a year, and of course protected 100 nests here on South Padre, but we feel that what we are really good at is public education and creating stewardship for our oceans."
 
For years Sea Turtle Inc. has been housed in a modest building along Padre Blvd., but by Christmas hope to be moved into their new $6 million state of the art facility featuring spacious tanks for the turtles.

"Up to 56,000 gallons, the smallest ones 20,000 gallons that is considerably larger than most swimming pools in the Rio Grande Valley." Said George.

Jeff George has done an outstanding job saving sea turtles and educating people for a quarter of a century, and with the extraordinary new facility opening soon his remarkable achievements will be enhanced.

"So, what we are building here is a world class educational center. Everything out there is geared toward educating the public and creating the future generation of environmentalists."

 


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