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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…

Science Says

  Recently, their populations have plummeted 90% as a result if human activities. Direct causes include collection for “pets”, military activities, off-road and on road vehicle death, and trampling. Indirect cause of death and injury include habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation by urbanization, military development,…

Tortoise at Large

  Extinction Threatened More than 20% of the world’s reptiles and amphibians face extinction. Visit this site to see which free living reptile communities in your state are in extreme danger.   http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/amphibian_conservation/map.html   Protection Minimal Despite their fragility, reptiles are afforded little to no…

Lessons from the Tortoise People

After months of dreaming, Desert Tortoises have arrived at The Kerulos Center. To honor these magnificent beings, Executive Director Gay Bradshaw’s published the following essay in her Psychology Today blog, Bear in Mind.   Today, most impediments that Desert Tortoises encounter are not foreseeable. This…

When Giants Fall

Executive Director Gay Bradshaw has joined the crew of When Giants Fall, a documentary film in the works that gives incisive treatment to the plight of African Elephants in the midst of poaching, armed conflicts, and other stressors.  As an adviser in the film’s creation,…

Killing Them Softly

When I was a growing up, we visited my uncle every summer on the shores of New Hampshire’s sapphire, Lake Winnipesaukee. There, amidst the blueberry and wintergreen, the wind carried the whisper of ancient Algonquin feet padding along wooded trails. Loon laughter threaded the steady…