Activities of the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society
Meetings: Regular meetings throughout fall, winter, and spring at the Arsenal in Central Park and in other locations in New York metropolitan area. Guest speakers zoologists, veterinarians, conservationists, and other recognized experts present topics of special interest to Society members. See current schedule of events.
Annual Seminar: This full-day meeting features in-depth presentations by noted turtle and tortoise authorities on a wide range of topics, designed to appeal to both serious hobbyists and professional turtle biologists. View program information for Seminar 2012.
Asian Scholarship Program: From 2000 to 2004, the Societys Asian Scholarship Program, originally conceived as a response to the Asian Turtle Crisis, was formed to build conservation capacity in Southeast Asia and other parts of the world by bringing young aspiring herpetologists to the United States for intensive summer conservation coursesenabling them to return to their native countries armed with the knowledge and skills to begin to save their nations chelonian fauna. In partnership with other conservation organizations, such as the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Gopher Tortoise Council, the Nature Conservancy, and Conservation International, NYTTS made a dramatic difference in the lives of the scholarship recipients and anticipates a profound impact on future chelonian conservation in their respective regions of the world. The program has continued as an intenational student research project at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, New Jersey (see terrapinconservation.org).
Animal Welfare: The Society is a strong advocate of protective legislation for turtles and tortoises and actively promotes the enforcement of humane laws. A number of our members including some of our member-veterinarians participate in the Societys Turtle Rehab Program, donating their time and expertise to the care and rehabilitation of injured wild turtles. A nationwide list of veterinarians who treat turtles, has been compiled from member recommendations.
Annual Show: Each spring, members display their animals at the Annual Turtle and Tortoise Show. This educational event provides attendees the opportunity to examine a wide variety of species. Informal discussions focus on the animals health, diet, and captive husbandry requirements. See Annual Show photos and list of winners over the past years.