We all live on a Turtle Island. Kalmyks and Mongols tell of a turtle carrying the world, and the Hindus know that their God Vishnu became in his second incarnation Kurma, a turtle that swam in the sea of milk and carried the world on his back. In New Guinea, the story is told that this island owes its existence to a hardworking turtle that dove into the depths of the primordial ocean and brought back rocks, sand and all ingredients necessary to create an island.
Everything that lives; everything that moves on feet, fins, or wings; and everything that breathes with lungs, gills or through the skin lives on a Turtle Island. Life on the island is defined by what lives on the island. To paraphrase Marcel Robischon: Vom Verstummen der Welt (From the Silence of the World), every walk of life is a walk across the green back of a turtle, which when translated means that the world is becoming more silent as biodiversity disappears.
Marcel Robischon: From the Silence of the World
Welcome to Turtle Island
Support us in our zoo project: Currently 125 turtle species are maintained in the private collection of the family Praschag. In near future we plan to establish Turtle Island – a modern and attractive animal exhibit linked with landscape design, creative arts, research, education and recreation.