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Ila Fox Loetscher was known as "The Turtle Lady of South Padre.” Before starting...

Ila Fox Loetscher was known as "The Turtle Lady of South Padre.” Before starting a family, Ila was the first licensed Iowa female pilot at age 25. She fell in love with the Kemp’s ridley sea turtles when she moved to Texas in 1955 and decided to take up their protection as her life’s work. From 1963-1967, she made trips to Mexico to get Kemp’s ridley eggs to plant and protect on South Padre Island. She received a state license to care for sick and injured sea turtles. She was the founder of Sea Turtle, Inc. in 1977, a non-profit focusing on rescue, education, and outreach. She was inducted into the Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame in 1991 and passed away in 2000. - Did you know today volunteer pilots still care for sick and injured sea turtles by flying them to rescue centers? Follow our friends at Turtles Fly Too for more about today's turtle rescue pilots.

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