About the Turtle Conservancy


Turtles are among the most threatened groups of animals on the planet, and are in desperate need of conservation help. More than half of their 300+ species are threatened with extinction according to IUCN Red List criteria. Primary threats to turtles and tortoises include habitat loss and degradation, high-volume unsustainable consumptive exploitation for food and medicinal products, and illegal international pet trade.



The Turtle Conservancy is dedicated to protecting threatened turtles and tortoises and their habitats worldwide, and to promoting their appreciation by people everywhere.


The Turtle Conservancy envisions a world where all species of turtles and tortoises ultimately thrive in the wild.


Our Strategy

The Turtle Conservancy focuses its work on the following strategic program areas



Conserving species in their natural habitat, including land acquisition.

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Maintaining captive breeding programs to help restore natural populations.

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Monitoring and helping to prevent trade that threatens species.

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Outreach and spreading global awareness.

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