California Turtle & Tortoise Club (CTTC) is a California Public Benefit Corporation recognized as non-profit by the IRS under 501(c)(3). Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
CTTC was founded in 1964 and has over 1,500 members world-wide. Membership in CTTC is managed through one of the Club's many Chapters.
CTTC Chapters offer monthly meetings that typically include an educational program and a chance to socialize and share information. Many Chapters maintain libraries with borrowing privileges for members. Many Chapters also hold annual turtle and tortoise shows, sponsor field trips, and participate in community outreach activities. All Club members receive the bi-monthly Club newsletter, the Tortuga Gazette, as a benefit of membership in CTTC.
Turtles in the News
Tortoise in Peril
"Humans share the planet with an enormous diversity of wildlife. But as people move into undeveloped areas conflicts with wildlife often increase.
In the U.S. humans have helped ravens move into the desert which was previously inhospitable for ravens. People provide ravens with food, water and nesting sites. As a result, raven populations have increased by 1,500% in some desert areas. This increase is impacting the environment, especially for the desert tortoise.
The desert tortoise was listed as a threatened species in 1990. Habitat loss, disease, predation and other factors have already reduced the number of tortoises drastically-- up to 90% in some cases. Now ravens are eating baby tortoises, reducing the odds of tortoise survival as a species. This film explores that impact pointing out how people can change the environment through their actions." — Timothy Branning
Click Tortoise in Peril to view producer/director Timorthy Branning's compelling video.
Development projects in the California desert routinely use relocation as a way of dealing with any federally Threatened tortoises they find on site, but the process has long been controversial due to potential harm to the tortoises. Now a new study suggests that moving tortoises into new locations may actually cause outbreaks of disease in both the tortoises that are moved and those who welcome the newcomers into their new neighborhoods. Read the article...
Female sea turtles, known to swim thousands of miles before returning to their birthplace to lay eggs, find their way home by relying on unique magnetic signatures along the coast, a new study finds. Read the article...
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