Press "PLAY" to the right to hear what Robert Villa played on violin for the closing banquet.

2019 Symposium

17th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles

August 4 - August 8, 2019

The 17th Annual Symposium was hosted in

Tucson, Arizona

A breathtaking desert sanctuary located in a lush 100-acre desert garden at the foothills of the magnificent Santa Catalina Mountains, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort captures the spirit, beauty and culture of the Southwest’s Sonoran Desert. Guestrooms offer private terraces, breathtaking views of the area and every creature comfort. Resort facilities include two signature 18-hole golf courses, two pools, tennis courts, hiking trails, and par course. A variety of dining options include the innovative Flying V Bar and Grill. Group facilities feature 37,000 square feet for up to 1,500.

 The meeting, co-hosted by the Turtle Survival Alliance and the IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (TFTSG), was once again sponsored by Zoo Med Laboratories. Events commenced with an ice-breaker held at the conference hotel Sunday August 4th, and concluded with a banquet Wednesday, August 7th. August 8th had  single session talks in the morning.

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The Annual TSA/IUCN-TFTSG Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles is THE chelonian event of the year! It was wonderful to see you in Tucson!

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