The turtle and tortoise are two of the most popular reptiles around the world. Of the Chelonii order, this is one of the oldest reptile groups, dating back around 220 million years. A particularly fascinating animal, turtles and tortoises are the target of many conservation efforts that aim to preserve the rich heritage of these creatures. Many tortoise species are endangered today, and rely on conservation groups to survive.
Here at Osborne Pet Supply, we’re dedicated to the proper care of turtles and tortoises, as well as the cultivation of communities that protect them! The internet is a fantastic way to get connected to the community at large, support the greater cause of conservation, and learn how to properly care for your own turtles and tortoises.
Below we’ve detailed some of the best places to get engaged online with our list of the 10 best online tortoise conservation communities:
Tortoiseforum.org is one of the number one places for tortoise keepers to talk online. The site provides a discussion and visual forum for all things tortoise. Tortoise keepers, lovers and conservationists can unite as a community and share thoughts, tips and stories from their own tortoise experiences. A few of the different conversation thread topics include tortoise breeding, diet and foods, health and activities. The site also offers a marketplace feature where you can buy, sell and barter tortoise eggs and products.
Features: Highly engaged community with active forum and marketplace. Find detailed information on all aspects of tortoise care, from feeding to breeding.
Tortoise.org is home to the California Turtle & Tortoise Club, a California based rescue and adoption club for injured and sick tortoises. The site offers membership to California residents, and holds monthly chapter meetings at locations throughout the state to discuss the preservation and care of the tortoise. The site also offers a forum for the California public to adopt the rescued tortoises that the California Turtle & Tortoise Club take in.
Features: Hub for local California tortoise lovers with integrated tortoise adoption program.
This site conducts and provides research for the benefit of the tortoise, providing content on tortoise and turtle husbandry, diet and disease prevention, taxonomy and captive breeding techniques. Tortoisetrust.org also publishes periodical newsletters including detailed articles of interest to all keepers based on original research.
Features: Research-based instructions and tips on tortoise care.
This site is home to the American Tortoise Rescue, an organization that started the annual, global celebration of World Turtle Day® on May 23 every year. Based out of Malibu, California, tortoise.com was started by a husband and wife team who decided to devote their free time to the rescue and care of turtles and tortoises. Since their inception, American Tortoise Rescue has saved well over 3,000 turtles and tortoises of all different species. Other accomplishments include creating a campaign called Turtle Ambassadors to teach awareness among school children of turtles and tortoises, and creating awareness to help prevent the cruel sale of the species around the world.
Features: Organized turtle and tortoise conservation effort that raises awareness. World Turtle Day® is May 23.
This site was created to provide a knowledge base for Sulcata and Leopard tortoise keepers. It provides helpful information, especially for new keepers, on general care of the tortoise. The site provides tips on what to do when you first take your tortoise home, how and what to feed it, and housing and hydration tips.
Features: Specialized tips and tricks for new Sulcata and Leopard tortoise owners.
TurtleRescues.com is the home of Turtle Rescue of Long Island, a non profit organization that takes in native injured and ill turtles and nurses them to health, before their release back into the wild. The site also provides reliable and up to date information on the care of both turtles and tortoises, and links to more specific information on different breeds.
Features: Non-profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and releases turtles back into the wild.
This site is home to the World Chelonian Trust, whose focus is to promote conservation and assure the survival of all tortoises and freshwater turtles. The site provides information on the specific care of different species of turtles. It also provides a forum for members to chat and discuss turtle related topics.
Features: Home of the international World Chelonian Trust. Site features useful info as well as a forum.
This site belongs to the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society. The non-profit organization is dedicated to the conservation, preservation of habitat, and the promotion of proper husbandry of turtles and tortoises. Membership to this society is open to all interested reptile lovers. The site emphasizes the appreciation of these unique animals to its members and to the public.
Features: Non-profit organization with membership open to the public. Donations and fees support turtle and tortoise rescue/rehab as well as public awareness programs.
TurtleSurvival.org is home to the Turtle Survival Alliance, a member and volunteer based organization that is committed to zero turtle extinctions in the 21st century. To achieve this commitment, the alliance creates breeding programs and builds rescue facilities for endangered turtles and tortoises. It also promotes conservation awareness among local communities and advocates for greater enforcement of wildlife laws.
Features: Volunteer-based organization dedicated to preventing the extinction of turtle species.
The Tortoise Group is a non profit organization that advocates for the protection and well-being of the threatened desert tortoise. Established in 1982, the group offers an adoption forum to residents of Nevada. It provides information on the feeding, housing and general care of the desert turtle. It also offers a hotline to field questions, a community lost and found section to report missing and found tortoises, and provides a local veterinarian list for turtle care.
Features: Non-profit focused on the preservation of the desert tortoise. Offers information as well as an adoption forum for residents of Nevada.