23 May is observed as a World Turtle Day every year by American Tortoise Rescue, a nonprofit organization. The World Turtle Day aims to raise awareness among people to protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. The day is being celebrated since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, a nonprofit organization established in the year 1990 for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle.

The theme for 2021 “Turtles Rock!”.