Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter, 2000, 4:24b
© 2000 by Chelonian Research Foundation

Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter

Turtle Homes

Lori Green
P.O. Box 297, Merrick, NY 11566

Turtle Homes, a non-profit corporation in the state of New York, organizes the rescue and adoption of chelonian species. Turtle Homes advocates the welfare and conservation of turtles and tortoises through action and education. We have completed nearly 400 individual rescues since our inception in the summer of 1999. Turtles and tortoises for adoption to prescreened homes come from the public, college biology labs, wildlife refuge centers, Fish and Wildlife seizures, and wills. For information about adopting, contact Lori Green, Director of Turtle Homes (

Turtle Homes offers more than adoption and rescue. People new at keeping turtles and tortoises can request a Turtle Homes Mentor to privately answer all their questions. Additionally, we invite the public to volunteer with us, working on varied special projects. Both these programs are managed by Steven Stover (

Michael Nesbit ( and Barbara Bonner, DVM ( head up Turtle Homes Asia. Their Asian Breeding Loan Program helps to form breeding colonies for a wide variety of Asian turtles. Through this program, we have loaned more than twenty Asian CITES I and II turtles to date, doing our part to mitigate the growing Asian Turtle crises.

We staff educational booths at reptile expos around the United States and invite you to introduce yourselves to us when you can attend.

Marissa Armour ( coordinates the Turtle Homes Participating Organizations, a national network of similar organizations that work to benefit turtles and tortoises. She answers public relations questions.

To donate to Turtle Homes, please contact our treasurer, Howard Green ( In Canada, write to Scott Gillingwater ( and in the United Kingdom, please write to Andy Highfield (

For more information visit or write to P.O. Box 297, Merrick, NY 11566.