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Turtle Lady Legacy
                                  Founder and President Mary Ann Tous
Mary Ann Tous in her Sea Turtle Patrol vehicle on South Padre Island Texas

Mary Ann Tous has committed many long hours and tireless efforts to leading The Turtle Lady Legacy as its founder and president. From the time that she took ownership of Ila's house and assessed all of the materials there relating to the development of sea turtle conservation on the Texas Gulf Coast, Mary Ann has never wavered in her vision to continue Ila's life work by documenting her story for posterity.

Along the way, Mary Ann has partnered with the National Park Service, South Padre Island civic leaders, and the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center to further sea turtle awareness in a variety of ways.  From hands-on volunteering to collaboration on public memorials to educational presentations, Mary Ann has always done whatever she can toward the ultimate goal of protecting the vulnerable sea turtle on its quest for survival.