Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter, 2000, 2:13a
© 2000 by Chelonian Research Foundation

Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter

Tortoise Trust Global Emergency Fund

Andy C. Highfield
Tortoise Trust, BM Tortoise, London, WCIN 3xx England;

Tortoise Trust UK/International is launching a totally new initiative to deal with the increasing demands on resources resulting from international animal seizures, crisis situations and global emergencies. This new initiative, called the Tortoise Trust Global Emergency Fund, has the following objectives:

1. To maintain a list of volunteer experts who are prepared to assist in emergency field projects whenever or wherever the need arises. Qualified persons include veterinarians, vet techs, zoo personnel or others with related or relevant experience, including construction workers/carpenters (provision of housing) etc.;

2. To maintain an emergency fund to provide immediate help for confiscated animals;

3. To provide immediate technical support and advice in the event of emergency/rescue situations.

We are seeking volunteers in different geographical zones to take on the tasks of raising funds, coordinating efforts to obtain corporate sponsorship and donations, maintaining the register of active specialized assistance, and acting regional monitors/contact persons.

Specific roles for which help is sought include: 1) establishing the database of expert resources; 2) raising corporate sponsorship-airlines, vet supply companies, etc.; 3) general fund raising activities; and 4) recruitment of a panel of specialist advisors.

Please contact us if you are interested in any of these roles at