Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter, 2000, 6:33b
© 2000 by Chelonian Research Foundation

Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter

World Chelonian Trust Overview

Darrell Senneke
Director – World Chelonian Trust, 4N710 Sawmill Trail, Saint Charles, Illinois 60174; E-mail:

The World Chelonian Trust (WCT) sees its path as promoting the conservation and assuring the survival of all tortoises and freshwater turtles. We do this by actively supporting in-situ conservation efforts, field research and veterinary research. In addition to this we provide information and guidance to individuals and organizations to further the successful maintenance and propagation of captive populations, particularly from our web site at and through our quarterly Newsletter. We firmly believe that only by supporting both wild populations and captive propagation can we provide the maximum options for the survival of all chelonian species.

In addition to receiving the quarterly newsletter and access to detailed husbandry information, we strive to give our members the opportunity to have an impact in world chelonian survival through the actions of the organization. We intend to offer our members the opportunity to participate in field trips, seminars and workshops. The generous support from members enables us to further impact the future of Chelonians far beyond what any individual can accomplish.

We are actively pursuing partnerships with herpetological societies and turtle organizations across the globe, offering our expertise and support in the ongoing effort to protect and succor chelonians. We will continue to forge alliances in the area of turtle and tortoise rehabilitation; actively seeking qualified groups and individuals in the interest of joint effort. The WCT intends to work with these people as a networking facilitator, knowledge resource, and, in some circumstances, sponsor.

In the area of education we will offer our experience and materials to further the care of chelonia in captivity and the preservation of wild populations in all aspects. This educational effort manifests itself in the free distribution of care sheets, presentations before groups, the aforementioned web site and cooperation with concerned groups and individuals. This educational mission is a broad effort, encompassing things as varied as our comprehensive “Overview of the Animal Markets of China” on our web site to the handing out of a single care sheet to a child.

We see a bright future of cooperation ahead and wish to encourage contacts from all interested parties.