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Meet Our Pundits

   In this issue, we introduce Maggie Shreve.   Maggie has a BS in Biology and a MS in Public Health. A lifetime advocate of all animals, she has always been surrounded by dogs, cats, iguanas, horses, and all types of birds. While working as…

Tutor Tortoise of the Month

  We know very little about his past, which is the case for most rescued, abandoned, or relinquished beings. However, he was not deemed able to be reintroduced because of his size which indicates he was raised as a “pet.”   Hototo has undergone urolith…



Being Sanctuary

  The principles teach how to craft a home and lifestyle that create a psychologically and physically healthful home for the animals for whom you care.  Achieving the goals of each principle is vital to support recovery and well-being of animals in captivity because, by…



Science Says

  ast models of brain structure and processes were envisioned like a layer cake. Reptiles were once considered to have primitive brains as were birds, hence the epithet “bird brain.”   Now, however, comparative neuroanatomy researchers such as Dr. Erich Jarvis have found that Lizards,…



Gina Easley, Photographer

The project was inspired by the relationship of Kathleen Capella and her Tortoise, Henry, who have been together 47 years.   In Gina’s words,   This project began in 2011 when a friend of mine told me that her mother, Kathleen, kept a “pet” tortoise…



Tortoise at Large

  Exotic Pet Trade Brings Large-Scale Suffering Harrowing details of one of the largest exotic pet seizures in U.S. history have now been published in the latest issue of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. A major international wholesaler, U.S. Global Exotics (USGE) was investigated…



Meet Our Pundits

  Don is President of Santa Barbara/Ventura Chapter California Turtle and Tortoise Club, California, US. He has been working with education, rescue, and care of Tortoises and Turtles for many decades. His motto is “Walk in Beauty.” Here are Don’s reflections on Tortoises:   My…