The New York Turtle and Tortoise Society
invites you to

Seminar ’98

Saturday, April 25, 9:00 A.M.5:00 P.M.
HMDC Environment Center
Lyndhurst, New Jersey


Peter C. H. Pritchard
Florida Audubon Society, Orlando Florida

“The Tortoise—An Unlikely But Persistent Evolutionary Experiment.
Can the Living Species Survive the Age of Mankind?”

John L. Behler
Curator of Reptiles, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, New York

“Tortoise Conservation in Madagascar—
Health Evaluations of Captive and Free-Ranging Animals”

William P. McCord, D.V.M.
Chelonian Researcher, Hopewell Junction, New York

“A Review of Turtle Species Impacted by the Chinese Food Market”

“Special Workshop on Asian Turtles in Crisis”
Moderated by David E. Collins
Chair, AZA Chelonian Advisiory Group

     China’s recently improved economy, coupled with its cultural tradition, has resulted in a massive increase in demand for turtles for the Chinese food market; turtles are being taken from their habitats throughout Southeast Asia on a scale unparalleled in history.  In a special workshop, David Collins and our Seminar speakers will assess the gravity of this crisis and evaluate prospects for saving Asian chelonians from extinction.

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