TSA Milestones

2001 - January 28: The Turtle Survival Alliance founded, Read more

2003 - August 17-19:  The TSA hosts the First Annual Symposium on the Biology and Conservation of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles in Orlando, Florida.   Featured over 40 presentations, attended by over 80 participants from 10 countries. TSA has held these Symposia annually since, with the numbers of presentations and attendees having grown significantly over the years.

2004 - The TSA announces its first range country partnerships to support turtle conservation programs in India and Myanmar.

2005 - The TSA obtains formal 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation status.

2013 - January: the TSA purchases a 50 acre property in Cross, SC to establish the Turtle Survival Center.

2014 – August 20: The Turtle Survival Center hatches its first critically endangered Yellow-headed Box Turtle (Cuora aurocapitata).

2015 – October 22: The Turtle Survival Center hatches its first Big-headed Turtle (Platsternon megacephalum). Only two other locations are known to bred this species in captivity in the United States.

2016 – October: The TSC hatches its first critically endangered McCord's Box Turtle (Cuora mccordi).

2018 – March 22: The Turtle Survival Center hatches its first critically endangered Sulawesi Forest Turtle (Leucocephalon yuwonoi), a species hardly ever bred in captivity.

2018 – August 22: The Turtle Survival Center hatches a total of nine critically endangered Southern Vietnam Box Turtles (Cuora picturata). This is a single season record for one location.

2018 – October 12: Since 2013, the Turtle Survival Center has hatched a total of 75 critically endangered Vietnamese Pond Turtles (Mauremys annamensis). This species is on the brink of extinction in the wild.

2018 – October 19: The Turtle Survival Center breeds Big-headed Turtles (Platysternon megacephalum) for the fourth year in a row and reaches a total of 30 captive-bred offspring.

2018 - September 23: At its annual conference in Seattle, the AZA's Accreditation Committee grants Certification status to the Turtle Survival Center.