PHOTOS: Blanding's turtles breed, release at Brookfield Zoo

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image "><span></span></div><span class="caption-text">: Bill Zeigler, senior vice president of animal collections and care for the Chicago Zoological Society &#40;pictured left&#41;, and Dan Thompson, ecologist for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, releasing Blanding&#39;s turtles to an off-exhibit pond at Brookfield Zoo. Blanding&#39;s turtles are endangered in Illinois and threatened nationwide, but the Chicago Zoological Society in collaboration with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, and other local organizations, is leading an initiative to increase the local wild population. The program will allow staff to develop and improve breeding and rearing techniques that will increase the number of turtles available for release to the wild.   (Jim Schulz&#47;Chicago Zoological Society)</span></div>
July 18, 2013 10:19:15 AM PDT