The Pondcast

Welcome to The Pondcast. Broadcast LIVE through YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook, this show brings you interviews and discussions with diverse guests from the turtle and tortoise community, allowing you to send in questions to help guide the discussion. Created to tackle topics related to both conservation and herpetoculture, this show will bring you its own brand of hilarity interspersed between the educational and informative discussions that are the centerpiece of each episode. So, join our crew of "turtle nerds" each month for The Pondcast.

Your hosts Anthony, Chris, Kevin, and Steve have decades of combined hands on experience with turtles, tortoises, lizards, snakes, and amphibians. The show is also available as audio-only (Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon Music | iHeartRadio | RSS). Check out the rest of our site for more information.

The Pondcast, Episode 78

Horses and Turtles

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with special guest Charlie Moorcroft

Charlie is a great friend of theTurtleRoom and a well respected animal expert who made his name in the equestrian world. His passion is endangered species and education and he has a strong focus on turtles and tortoises. Using Charlie Moorcroft’s own private collection of critically endangered and protected species of animals, along with other related exhibits, the Moorcroft Conservation Foundation provides an intimate, hands on experience for children and adults as an introduction to important conservation issues. The Foundation also uses field trips to other local facilities, informational videos, related literature and occasional guest speakers to further educate their visitors on additional local, national and global conservation issues.

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The Pondcast, Episode 77

Guestless In Seattle

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, our intrepid turtle heroes find themselves guestless (though none of us are actually in Seattle). Join us for a fun night of sharing stories, updates, and silliness as we begin the crescendo towards celebrating theTurtleRoom’s 10th anniversary!

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The Pondcast, Episode 76

The Next Generation

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with special guest Jordan Donini

A torch bearer for a younger generation, Jordan Donini is a turtle academic who is taking the world by storm. His work on reproductive biology in chelonians and tireless work in the field in South Florida make him a must follow on social media. The hosts sit down with him in this episode, to fawn over what a delight it must be to learn under …

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The Pondcast, Episode 75

Turtles and Trash

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with special guest Tyler Brooks

This month, we are joined by Tyler Brooks. Tyler is a husband, father of two daughters, founding member of the Kinixys Working Group and the owner/operator of a solid waste disposal facility. In addition to what is sure to be an enjoyable conversation centered around Tyler’s favorite genera, Kinixys and Manouria, you just might learn more about waste management then you ever thought you would!

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The Pondcast, Episode 74

The Pinnacle of Conservation and Work/Life Balance

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with special guest Dr. Dante Fenolio

The crew speaks with a hero in the conservation world, Dr. Dante Fenolio. Dr. Fenolio is an extremely accomplished underwater photographer, PhD and educator. He is also the author of “Life in the Dark,” and runs the Department of Conservation & Research for the San Antonio Zoo. We are thrilled to hear from someone who has had such amazing experiences and has done such incredible …

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The Pondcast, Episode 73

Film Director, Ari Taub

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with special guest Ari Taub

In this exciting episode, your hosts are with a good friend of theirs, Ari Taub, an American film director and producer. The turtle related debates in this one get really lively, in a good way. Ari is perhaps best known for his movie, The Fallen, a 2004 war film about the perspectives of Italian, German, and American soldiers during World War II. His latest movie, …

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The Pondcast, Episode 72

Up For Air

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with special guest Christine Light

Christine Light is an experienced scuba diver, with around 500 dives under her belt, one of which saved someone’s life! She has traveled to several points on the globe in her efforts with both wild and captive animals from whale sharks and mobula rays to rehabbing a Painted Terrapin at the Downtown Aquarium Denver where she was Assistant Curator to being one of the first …

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The Pondcast, Episode 71

Research Scientist, Dr. Dave Hudson

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with special guest Carl J. Franklin

Tonight, Shannon joins the team as a special guest host to interview a college friend and very special guest, Dave Hudson, PhD. As a marine and aquatic biologist, researcher, and educator, Dr. Hudson aims to cultivate biological research, education, policy, and business interactions for marine and aquatic environments. To achieve that end, he works to empower people through collaborations with universities, non-profit organizations, and companies …

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The Pondcast, Episode 70

The Stars at Night are Big and Bright

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with special guest Carl J. Franklin

Carl J. Franklin, the President of the non-profit research organization Texas Turtles, joins The Pondcast to talk about his myriad experiences in herpetology. Carl is one of the most interesting men in herpetology, having spent time under the stars in locations all across the Americas and southeast Asia. His adventures could fill several episodes of The Pondcast and include a run-in with the Venezuelan military, …

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