In keeping with our mission statement, theTurtleRoom’s staff make a special effort to be involved in conservation projects beyond private breeding. We are involved in numerous conservation projects with the Turtle Survival Alliance and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Our flagship projects are featured on this page. Visit our Projects section to see all of the projects our team is working with.
The Forsten’s Tortoise is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and is also listed in CITES Appendix I. One of theTurtleRoom’s Conservation Husbandry Specialists, Ben, has been a significant part of the conservation effort of Indotestudo forstenii for more than a decade. He was the first publisher and coordinator of this studbook. TheTurtleRoom continues to maintain a strong presence in the AZA Species Survival Plan (SSP) and Studbook for the Forsten’s Tortoise, as he keeps more than 25% of the animals registered in the SSP and Studbook.
The Vietnamese Black-Breasted Leaf Turtle is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and is also listed in CITES Appendix II. TheTurtleRoom maintains a large group of Geoemyda spengleri listed in the AZA Species Survival Plan (SSP) and Studbook. We continue to trade offspring of well-represented bloodlines to diversify our group of this species. TheTurtleRoom is also maintaining open communication lines with researchers doing genetic studies in the wild with the Black-Breasted Leaf Turtle.
theTurtleRoom is a leader in the conservation effort of the Western Hermann’s Tortoise (Testudo hermanni hermanni), managing and publishing the North American Regional Studbook, which is written and coordinated by our own Chris Leone (also of Garden State Tortoise, LLC) and Steve Enders. Steve and Chris continue to collaborate on this growing project. Since this book began, DNA was taken on most of the animals in the studbook and results have helped us make adjustments as we continue to shape the studbook for greatest success. For more information on the Western Hermann’s Tortoise (Testudo hermanni hermanni) North American Regional Studbook, read the official release. For more about this species, visit Garden State Tortoise’s Hermanni Haven.
The Turtle Survival Alliance’s Cuora flavomarginata Taxon Management Group is working to raise a group of 300+ genetically diverse F1 specimens. TheTurtleRoom has several staff members involved with this collaborative project working to breed and raise a large F2 generation. Ultimately, the hope is that a large group of F2s will be able to be part of a reintroduction program into the range country. The Yellow-Margined Box Turtle is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and is also listed in CITES Appendix II.