Behler Chelonian Center

The Turtle Conservancy's Behler Chelonian Center is the premiere facility for breeding Critically Endangered turtles and tortoises in the world. Our conservation breeding program now includes 32 species of turtles and tortoises, with 12 of the "Top 40 Most Endangered" according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group.

The Behler Chelonian Center supports researchers, ecologists, conservationists, students, and filmmakers — all for one reason: the conservation of turtles and tortoises. Many of the world's leading authorities on turtles and tortoises have spent time on the campus. Students from the United States and abroad are funded by the Turtle Conservancy to allow them to spend time at the BCC and participate in ex situ turtle and tortoise conservation.

A place where the incubation of ideas and eggs takes place.