Behler Chelonian Center

John L. Behler


Curator of herpetology at the Bronx Zoo from 1976 to 2006, John is recognized as a leader in the world of turtle and tortoise conservation. He co-chaired the IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Specialist Group, and is a founding member of the Turtle Survival Alliance. He studied radiated tortoises in Madagascar and wood turtles in Pennsylvania, and is credited for bringing attention to the asian turtle crisis.

John authored and co-authored many books, including the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians, Reptiles (National Audubon Society First Field Guide), Alligators and Crocodiles, and Frogs: A Chorus of Colors.