Giving Tuesday

The Turtle Conservancy preserves critical ecosystems and wild lands protecting not only endangered turtles and tortoise but all of the biodiversity within it. Over the past 24 months we have purchased and protected over 45,000 acres in Central America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. 

A very generous donor has pledged to match up to $20,000 of every dollar donated to the Turtle Conservancy through December 31st, 2017.

Eric Goode Delivers Keynote at OSC Gala honoring Dr. Peter Pritchard

Eric Goode Delivers Keynote at OSC Gala honoring Dr. Peter Pritchard

Orlando Science Center hosted its inaugural Inspiring Innovation Gala on October 13 to honor hometown hero Dr. Peter Pritchard, who has been recognized worldwide for his achievements in turtle and tortoise conservation...

AZA Awards TC $25,500 for Ploughshare Tortoise Conservation

AZA Awards TC $25,500 for Ploughshare Tortoise Conservation

Ploughshare Tortoise conservation just received a tremendous boost from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Conservation Grants Fund through their highly competitive process...

US Fish & Wildlife Service Media Event

The Turtle Conservancy works alongside the US Fish and Wildlife Service to help facilitate law enforcement and seizures of illegally traded turtles and tortoises. When live turtles and tortoises are confiscated in and around Los Angeles International Airport, the TC offers free accommodations for these homeless travelers, some of whom originate halfway around the world in places like Southeast Asia.

Operation Jungle Book, a law enforcement initiative led by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service that targeted wildlife smuggling, has resulted in federal criminal charges against 16 defendants who allegedly participated in the illegal importation and/or transportation of numerous animal species – including a tiger, monitor lizards, cobras, Asian “lucky” fish, turtles, exotic songbirds and several coral species…

First Hatching of Second Generation Pan's Box Turtles in the United States

First Hatching of Second Generation Pan's Box Turtles in the United States

Staff members at the Turtle Conservancy are celebrating the hatching of three Critically Endangered Pan's Box Turtles this week at their conservation center in California. This is the first time this species has hatched from captive born parents in the United States. Pan's Box Turtle is considered functionally extinct in its native China due to over-collection for the medicinal and pet trades...

How 3D Printing Could Save Baby Tortoises

How 3D Printing Could Save Baby Tortoises

Baby tortoises could be given a lifeline, as scientists employ 3D printing to protect the vulnerable newborns from predators. And South Africa's critically endangered Geometric Tortoise is set to be a beneficiary...

Northern Map Turtle Project

Northern Map Turtle Project

This summer TSA's North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group started conducting a new research initiative in New Jersey. The study in New Jersey was developed not with the focus of protecting any one particular species, but rather to gather baseline data on all turtle species occurring in the state; allowing researchers to better understand the turtle populations and to help identify potential threats to their long-term survival...

Daniel Craig: The Search for Lost Species

All around the world, across habitats, across taxa and for all kinds of reasons, once-discovered species have fallen off our radar. These lost species are animals or plants that have gone unseen for years or decades and are feared possibly extinct. This collaborative effort between the Turtle Conservancy, Global Wildlife Conservation, and many others has been undertaken to search for the 25 most wanted lost species...

Thank You Nature and Culture International!

Thank You Nature and Culture International!

Since 1996, NCI has helped save almost 14 million acres of endangered ecosystems, working with local and in many cases indigenous communities, and with governments from the local to the national level... 

Green Beetz

Green Beetz

We want to issue a big thank you to Anna Chapman and Green Beetz for inviting us to their food, environment and sustainability fair this past weekend on Long Island! Our goal is to get children and tortoises face to face to illustrate how our daily choices impact wildlife... 

Issue 6

The sixth issue of The Tortoise is here! The 10 feature articles span the globe, from Milla Jovovich's backyard to Doug Aitken’s latest art installation under the Pacific Ocean to multimillionaire turtle collectors in China. This issue of The Tortoise Magazine will be sure to captivate conservationists, art enthusiasts, and world travelers alike. 

 

New Tortoise Enclosure

PHOTO CAPTION: Armando Jimenez and Angel Reyes with two young Bolson Tortoises.

The latest guests to check in to our Southern California Conservation Center, three young Bolson Tortoises (Gopherus flavomarginatus), are adjusting to life inside of their expansive, new environment. These tortoises came to the Turtle Conservancy last month from a robust assurance colony at Ted Turner's Armendaris Ranch in New Mexico. The Turtle Conservancy and Turner Endangered Species Fund are collaborating on a trans-national effort to protect this tortoise from extinction, which will include reintroducing the species in key locations of its former range in the United States.

Celebrate World Turtle Day!

Join us in celebrating #WorldTurtleDay! and help bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive.

World Turtle Day is celebrated around the globe in a variety of ways, from dressing up as turtles or wearing green summer dresses, to saving turtles caught on highways, to research activities.