Upcoming TTPG Conferences

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Nov. 13th, Nov 14th & Nov 15th


Mesa Convention Center
263 N. Center St., Mesa, AZ 85201



Wednesday November 13th Field Trip
Amazing trip to three Nurseries in Tucson. Arid Lands Greenhouses, Plants for the Southwest & Bach’s Cactus Nursery
9am to 5pm
followed by Evening Icebreaker

Thursday November 14th

Mesa Convention Center
9am to 6pm

8:30 am to 9:00 am – mingle and continental breakfast

9:00 am – Russ Gurley WELCOME

9:15 am to 9:45 am (KEYNOTE) Lauren Augustine (St. Louis Zoo) "Population Status, Successful Reproduction and Genetic Evaluation of the Cuora galbinifrons, Cuora bourreti and Cuora picturata populations in North America"

9:45 am to 10:30 am - Marc Cantos (The Turtle Source) "Five (or Six) Tips to Help You Breed, Raise, and Keep Turtles"

10:30 am to 10:45 am - Robert Villa "Terrapene nelsoni"

10:45 am to 11:00 am - Morning Break

11:00 am to 11:30 am - Heather Bjornebo, DVM, DABVP (Reptile/Amphibian Practice), CertAqV "Emerging and Contagious Diseases in Captive and Wild Tortoises"

11:30 am to 12:00 pm - Nelson A. Melendez, Instructor, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School "Diet of Bog Turtles (Glyptemys muhlenbergii) from Northern and Southern New Jersey"

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm LUNCH

1:30 pm to 2:00 pm - Will Espenshade (Kapidolo Farms) "Fiber and Feces"

2:00 pm to 2:45 pm – Paul Vander Schouw "Keeping and Breeding the Saw-shelled Turtle, Muyachelys latisternum"

2:45 pm to 3:15 pm – David Mifsud and Jeremy Thompson "A Tale of Two Herpers – Kinixys in South Africa - Part 1: March 2018 Kinixys Trip to South Africa"

3:15 pm to 3:35 pm - David Mifsud "A Tale of Two Herpers – Kinixys in South Africa - Part 2: Informed Captive Husbandry"

3:35 pm to 3:55 pm - Jeremy Thompson "A Tale of Two Herpers – Kinixys in South Africa - Part 3: Conservation & Preservation"

4:00 pm - GROUP PHOTO

4:15 pm to 4:30 pm - Afternoon Break

4:30 pm to 5:00 pm - Shana Fredlake (Dallas Zoo) "Breeding Manouria emys at Dallas Zoo"

5:00 pm to 5:15 pm Phil Goss (United States Association of Reptile Keepers) "USARK UPDATE"

5:15 pm to 5:30 pm Ashley Rademacher (Zoo Med) "International Turtle & Tortoise Week Update 2019"

5:30 pm to 6:00 pm Ross Popenoe "Visiting the Galapagos Islands"

Dinner together or on your own

Friday November 15th

Mesa Convention Center
9am to Noon

7:00 am ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION on Under 4" Rule and other legislation affecting turtles. USARK, PIJAC, FDA, and TTPG. Any interested parties may attend. Light breakfast, tea, and coffee will be provided.

8:30 to 9:00 am – mingle and continental breakfast

9:00 to 9:30 am – John Coakley and Ralph Till - "The Captive Care and Breeding of the Egyptian Tortoise, Testudo kleinmanni"

9:30 am to 10:15 am - Heather Smith "Detailed Anatomical Study of the African Spurred Tortoise, Centrochelys (Geochelone) sulcata: Implications for Husbandry"

10:15 am to 10:30 am - Morning Break

10:30 am to 11:00 am – Anne-Marie Ruoff, DVM "Quarantine of Turtles"

11:00 am to 11:45 am - Quetzal Dwyer (Reptilandia, Costa Rica) "Freshwater Turtle Husbandry and Reproduction at Parque Reptilandia"

12:00 pm - Thank you and Closing Remarks

BANQUET: Christian Langner (AllWetter Zoo, Germany) "More Than 17 Years of Successful Breeding 15 Critically Endangered Southeast Asian Turtles at the IZS"

Saturday November 16th

USARK Auction
Mesa Convention Center
Starts at 6pm after the Phoenix Reptile Expo

Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

Deadline for Booking is Monday October 14th

Delta Hotels Phoenix Mesa for 129.00 USD per night

Book your group rate for Phoenix Reptile Expo Room Block 2019

The TTPG Conference on Captive Care and Breeding of Turtles and Tortoises

The TTPG Conference is held each November in Mesa, Arizona. The TTPG Conference’s amazing lineup of speakers includes turtle and tortoise experts from around the world. The conference attracts attendees from all over the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, and South America. Topics include captive care, nutrition, medical care, captive breeding, incubation tips, raising healthy offspring, enclosure design, and much more. Field trips include visits to private breeding facilities, local zoological institutions, and other interesting experiences, and there are often special evening events addressing conservation concerns, updates on legal issues and the “under 4” regulation”, presentations from USARK, Q & A sessions, and of course, lots of fun social time is enjoyed by attendees.

We hope to see you this year!

Picture History and Habitats by Chuck Schaffer

Galapagos Islands and Galapagos Tortoises by Jerry Fife

Michael Skibsted presentation on Madagascar and his adventures there. The future of turtle conservation is in the hands of the next generation.

That Stuff, Before and After by Will Espenshade

The Big Turtle Year by George L. Heinrich

Christine Light speaking about her work with the endemic species of Sulawesi

2018 TTPG Conference Field Trip at the Arizona Tortoise Compound