The Calusa Herpetological Society
Of Southwest Florida
Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 7:00 pm
& TOPIC: Tonight's
speaker is Jordan Gray of the Turtle Survival Alliance
Hi talk is titled: Turtle Survival Alliance: Transforming
Passion for Turtles into Effective Conservation Action
The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) is an action-oriented global partnership
committed to zero turtle extinctions in
the 21st century. The TSA was formed in 2001 as an International
Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) partnership for sustainable captive
management of freshwater turtles and tortoises. Now, with projects or programs
in Belize, Colombia, Europe, Madagascar, the United States, and throughout
Asia, the TSA is a globally recognized force for turtle conservation, capable
of taking swift and decisive action to save critically endangered chelonians.
Today the TSA supports projects or programs – both wild and captive – that
benefit 20 of the World’s 25 Most Endangered Tortoises and Freshwater
Turtles. The TSA’s conservation actions utilize a three-pronged approach:
1) Restoring populations in the wild, 2) Securing species in captivity
through assurance colonies, and 3) Building the capacity to restore, secure,
and conserve species within their range country. In 2013, the TSA centralized
its base of operations in Cross, South Carolina by opening the Turtle Survival
Center (TSC). In just five years
the TSC has become recognized as a turtle conservation center, complete with a
greenhouse, veterinary clinic, quarantine facility, and multiple indoor/outdoor
enclosures. This center is the TSA’s first and only U.S.-based conservation
center and is home to a growing collection of more than 700 turtles and
tortoises, representing 30 of the world’s critically endangered species.
Together, the Turtle Survival Center and our active field conservation programs
across the globe impact 117 species and subspecies of tortoise and freshwater
turtle—nearly 1/3rd of world’s taxa.
See you there!
WHO'S INVITED ? You are! Anyone with an interest in any aspect of herpetology or herpetoculture is welcome to attend, learn, and exchange their experiences with our friendly membership. Come out to meet others who keep, breed or study reptiles and amphibians, and let them share their fascination with you. We average 15 – 35 people attending every meeting.
Cookies and cold soda, a nightly raffle of live herps, herp products, and books follow each speaker's talk, and lots of herp camaraderie, gossip, and fun can be counted upon at all meetings !
For more info , call (239) 728-2390 or (239) 481-3525 or EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org