Be a Turtle Hero

Celebrating 10 years of education, conservation, and survival!

Exactly 10 years ago, theTurtleRoom launched as a website with the dream of providing a platform where a community of like-minded turtle enthusiasts and keepers could gather to share resources and knowledge. This journey began with myself and Joe Sullivan as the main contributors to the site, but soon added Anthony Pierlioni and others to the team within the first year. Education has always been a core value of theTurtleRoom and our hope, even then, was to utilize the hard won experience of breeders and keepers to improve the lives of turtles and tortoises and ensure their continued existence.

Today our organization, our team, and our platform have evolved dramatically, but our core mission remains the same: to advance survival of the world’s turtles and tortoises with a focus on collaborative programs. Our efforts now include: producing offspring of highly endangered species in captivity, research in Pennsylvania and Cote D’Ivoire, active conservation measures for the Diamondback Terrapin in New Jersey, outreach programs through myriad media outlets and in-person, and efforts to help train up new generation of hobbyists, conservationists, and scientists (including a partnership with a high school in Connecticut).

theTurtleRoom 10th Anniversary Bonfire Shirt CampaignNone of what we have accomplished in the last 10 years would have been possible without the tireless work of our entirely up-paid staff, our volunteers who assist with field projects, or support from people like you. Our new call as we head into our second decade, for ourselves and to you, is to ‘Be a Turtle Hero’. With more than 60% of all turtles & tortoises across the earth endangered with extinction, we must continue to act in order to save our shelled friends.

We ask you to continue to partner with us for our next decade as we work to create a world where turtles and tortoises can thrive. Donate. Share our content on social media. Become a member. Buy a t-shirt. Join our volunteer staff team. Whatever you do…

Be a Turtle Hero.

With gratitude for your turtle passion,

Steve Enders
President, Executive Director, and Founder


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