Fifth Annual SUBMERGE Marine Science Festival

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Join us Saturday, September 22nd for the fifth annual SUBMERGE Marine Science Festival on Hudson River Park’s (HRPK) Pier 84 from 11am to 4pm. SUBMERGE celebrates our coastal waters by bringing marine science to life. The Turtle Conservancy will be teaching kids and families about the importance of our native turtles, including those in the Hudson River...Diamondback Terrapins and Snapping Turtles!!

We will have "Turtle Talks" every hour, on the hour!

This FREE festival is a day of interactive science that invites the public to experience awesome experiments, kid-approved science entertainment, catch & release fishing, kayaking and more!

Brought to you by Hudson River Park's Estuary Lab and over 40 science partners; SUBMERGE aims to inspire audiences of all ages and make marine science and STEM accessible and engaging for everyone.

Saving the Pacific Leatherback

Saving the Pacific Leatherback

Please support our efforts in conjunction with Paso Pacifico in the construction of two new hatcheries in Nicaragua to protect nests from poachers and predators. Help us reach our goal of $8,000 by October 1st!

Conservation Center Updates

Conservation Center Updates

We have been incredibly busy this past month here at the Turtle Conservancy's Conservation Center. Two interns, Simon Rouot (L) and Noah Rodrigues (R), joined the TC Team, our incubators seemed to have revolving doors with new turtles hatching almost everyday, and major renovations and redesign of our large greenhouse is underway...

Congratulations Russell Mittermeier!

Congratulations Russell Mittermeier!

This year the 13th annual Behler Turtle Conservation Award celebrates and honors Russell A. Mittermeier for his half-century of dedication to science and conservation of turtles and primates, as well as being a world-leading global conservationist of the highest caliber...

The Russians Are Here!

The Russians Are Here!

Along with interfering in American elections, the Russians have now established themselves at the Turtle Conservancy–Russian tortoises, that is. Ten of the tortoises arrived over this summer as homeless rescues, abandoned when their owners tired of them. Our Russians are settling in nicely; they are completely uninterested in computers, so we're not concerned about their hacking into our systems...

Join us at the 2018 WCN Expo

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Join us in San Francisco on Saturday, October 13th at the Wildlife Conservation Network Expo. The Expo is full of interesting, inspirational presentations by conservationists from around the world. Be sure to stop by the Turtle Conservancy booth to learn more about our programs... View the full Expo schedule by clicking here, including information about each speaker.

Issue 7

The 7th issue of The Tortoise is here! 148 pages of full-color exploration of how turtles and tortoises influence people, politics and the arts. The feature articles span the globe, from Robert Kennedy Jr’s animal filled life to an Amazonian eco-travel expedition in Peru to the turtle collectors of Europe. This issue of The Tortoise Magazine will be sure to captivate conservationists, art enthusiasts, and world travelers alike.

Get your issue today, by purchasing any tier TC Membership on our website or by purchasing directly from our store. If you are a current member you will be receiving your copy of Issue 7 in the coming weeks.

Killing the Endangered Species Act

Killing the Endangered Species Act

As if turtles and tortoises don't already have enough to worry about--predators and poachers and climate change--now they're about to be dealt a serious blow by Congress and the Trump Administration in the form of a watered-down Endangered Species Act.

Bolson Tortoise Preserve Update

Bolson Tortoise Preserve Update

In mid-June, a team of researchers from TC and HABIO, TC’s Mexican sister organization, spent nearly a week in Mexico’s Bolson de Mapimí to survey the Critically Endangered Bolson Tortoise. In 2016, HABIO and TC purchased the 43,000-acre San Ignacio Ranch at the heart of Mexico’s Bolson de Mapimí desert plateau; at the time the ranch was understood to be inhabited by a good population of tortoises, but no systematic population survey has ever been carried out…

Congratulations Sabin Prize Winners!

Congratulations Sabin Prize Winners!

Congratulations to our friends and colleagues Gamaliel Castañeda Gaytán and Rosalinda Palomo-Ramos on being this year’s winners of the Sabin Family Prize in turtle conservation! Read more about their amazing work and what motivates them to save turtles and tortoises in Mexico...

Geometric Tortoise Preserve Update

Geometric Tortoise Preserve Update

The Turtle Conservancy’s Geometric Tortoise Preserve near Cape Town just got ten new residents! In a recent joint effort between our preserve, CapeNature and an adjoining farm owner we were able to rescue ten geometric tortoises from unsuitable habitat associated with a new 25 acres farm reservoir development…

Madagascar Update

Madagascar Update

As previously reported, 10,976 Critically Endangered Radiated tortoises were discovered in Toliara, a town on the southwestern coast of Madagascar. Authorities received complaints of a disturbing smell of death and excrement coming from a two-story house. Upon inspection, thousands of juvenile tortoises occupied the floors, sinks, and bathtubs. They had no food, no water and were lying in their own waste. Over 500 were already dead…