The Behler Turtle Conservation Award is presented jointly by the Turtle Survival Alliance, the IUCN SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, the Turtle Conservancy and the Turtle Conservation Fund, and is co-sponsored by Global Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Society, and other private foundations and individuals. It annually awards global leadership and excellence in the fields of tortoise and freshwater turtle conservation and biology. The selection of honoree is made through a global nominations process and voting by a large and diverse Behler Award Committee. The award honors the memory of John L. Behler, previous chair of the IUCN SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group and curator of herpetology at the Bronx Zoo, Wildlife Conservation Society. Read more from Global Wildlife Conservation HERE.

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