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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 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 (March 2016) includes the following organizations:

Conservation International • IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group • Turtle Conservancy • Turtle Survival Alliance • Humane Society International – Australia • Chelonian Research Foundation • Global Wildlife Conservation • Wildlife Conservation Society • Chelonian Research Institute • European Association of Zoos and Aquaria / Shellshock Campaign

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 Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group

Eric V. Goode
    
President, Turtle Conservancy
Brian D. Horne
     Wildlife Conservation Society

     Co-Chair, IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group
Rick Hudson
    
Fort Worth Zoo
     President, Turtle Survival Alliance
Russell A. Mittermeier
    
Executive Vice Chair
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Peter Paul van Dijk
    
Director, Turtle Program, Global Wildlife Conservation
     Co-Chair, IUCN 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
Paul Gibbons
    
Turtle Conservancy, Ojai, California
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
Vivian Páez
     Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia

Peter C.H. Pritchard
     President, Chelonian Research Institute, Oviedo, Florida
Martina Raffel

    
Stiftung Artenschutz, Münster, Germany
Maurice Rodrigues
    
Turtle Conservancy;
Andrew Sabin Family Foundation
Craig Stanford
     University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Andrew Walde
     Walde Research & Environmental Consulting, Atascadero, California

Henk Zwartepoorte
     Rotterdam Zoo, Netherlands;
Turtle Survival Alliance / TSA Europe


Former Board Members:

Kevin R. Buley
     Director, EAZA Shellshock Campaign; Chester Zoo, United Kingdom
Antoine Cadi
    
Rogue movie Conservationist, France
Douglas B. Hendrie
     Asian Turtle Conservation Network, Vietnam
Susan Lieberman
     Conservationist, Washington, DC, USA
Hans-Dieter Philippen
     Turtle Survival Alliance / TSA Europe, Germany

Colin Poole

     Director, Asia Program, Wildlife Conservation Society, Singapore
Walter C. Sedgwick
     Turtle Survival Alliance; Island Foundation; GG Wade Trust