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About the Turtle Conservation Fund


The Turtle Conservation Fund (TCF) was established in 2002 as a partnership initiative of Conservation International, IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, and Turtle Survival Alliance. In 2007 it was joined by the Shellshock Campaign of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, and in 2009 expanded to become a broader-based partnership coalition of several leading turtle conservation organizations and individuals.

The TCF partnership coalition at this time includes the following organizations:

Conservation International • International Union for the Conservation of Nature / Species Survival Commission / Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group • Turtle Survival Alliance • European Association of Zoos and Aquaria / Shellshock Campaign • Chelonian Research Foundation • Chester Zoo • Fort Worth Zoo • Asian Turtle Program • Wildlife Conservation Society • Behler Chelonian Center / Turtle Conservancy • Chelonian Research Institute • Humane Society International-Australia

The TCF administers a turtle conservation and research grants program focused on endangered tortoises and freshwater turtles. Awards are granted to organizations or individuals for specific conservation or research projects dealing with highly endangered  tortoises or freshwater turtles, but not marine turtles, with either partial or full support as funding allows. Please visit the TCF Grants page for details regarding application instructions and a listing of funded projects.

Several TCF Alliance Partners have also contributed to global turtle conservation efforts, either directly through TCF with various levels of support, or through their own independent conservation programs for turtles developed or supported in some measure in partial collaboration or consulation with TCF's prioritizing and funding mechanisms. The efforts of TCF have benefitted greatly from the collaborative and cooperative approach of these turtle-focused conservation organizations.

The TCF is managed by its Executive Board, which is composed of the following individuals:

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Executive Committee of the Board

Hugh R. Quinn, Co-Chair
Retired, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
     Former Chair, AZA Chelonian Advisory Group

Anders G.J. Rhodin, Co-Chair
Founder and Director, Chelonian Research Foundation
     Chairman Emeritus, IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group

Eric V. Goode
President, Behler Chelonian Center / Turtle Conservancy
Brian D. Horne
     Wildlife Conservation Society

     Co-Chair, IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group
Rick Hudson
Fort Worth Zoo
     President, Turtle Survival Alliance
Russell A. Mittermeier
President, Conservation International
     Executive Committee,
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Peter Paul van Dijk
Director, Turtle Program, Conservation International
     Co-Chair, IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group

Regular Board Members

Gary Ades
Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Hong Kong
Chris B. Banks
     Melbourne Zoo, Australia
Kurt A. Buhlmann
     University of Georgia; Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
Bernard Devaux
     SOPTOM, Gonfaron, France
Matt Frankel
     Surprise Spring Foundation, Prescott, Arizona
John B. Iverson
     Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana
Gerald Kuchling
     Chelonia Enterprises, Australia
Richard Lewis
     Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Madagascar
Luca Luiselli
     Centre of Environmental Studies Demetra, Rome, Italy
George Meyer
     Conservationist, Seattle, Washington, USA
Vivian Páez
     Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia

Hans-Dieter Philippen
     Turtle Survival Alliance / TSA Europe, Germany
Peter C.H. Pritchard
     President, Chelonian Research Institute, Oviedo, Florida
Martina Raffel

     Allwetter Zoo, Münster, Germany

Walter C. Sedgwick

     Island Foundation; GG Wade Trust

Henk Zwartepoorte
     Rotterdam Zoo, Netherlands


Former Board Members:

Kevin R. Buley
     Director, EAZA Shellshock Campaign; Chester Zoo, United Kingdom
Antoine Cadi
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Douglas B. Hendrie
     Asian Turtle Conservation Network, Vietnam
Susan Lieberman
     Conservationist, Washington, DC, USA

Colin Poole

     Director, Asia Program, Wildlife Conservation Society, Singapore