Turtle Conservation Fund
Next Proposal Deadline: 1 May 2010

A Partnership Coalition of Leading Turtle Conservation Organizations and Individuals

 Strategic Action Planning and Funding Support for Conservation of
Threatened Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles

Conservation International ? International Union for the Conservation of Nature / Species Survival Commission / Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group ? Turtle Survival Alliance ? European Association of Zoos and Aquaria Shellshock Campaign ? Chelonian Research Foundation ? Chester Zoo ? Fort Worth Zoo ? Asian Turtle Program ? Wildlife Conservation Society ? Behler Chelonian Center / Turtle Conservancy ? Chelonian Research Institute ? Humane Society International - Australia

TCF Board:
Hugh R. Quinn, Co-Chair ()
Anders G.J. Rhodin, Co-Chair ()
Gary Ades; Chris B. Banks; Kurt A. Buhlmann; Kevin R. Buley; Antone Cadi; Bernard Devaux; Eric Goode; Douglas B. Hendrie; Brian D. Horne; Rick Hudson; Gerald Kuchling; Richard Lewis, Susan Lieberman; Luca Luiselli; George Meyer; Russell A. Mittermeier; Vivian Páez; Hans-Dieter Philippen; Colin Poole; Peter C.H. Pritchard; Martina Raffel; Walter C. Sedgwick; Peter Paul van Dijk; Henk Zwartepoorte


The Turtle Conservation Fund (TCF) administers a turtle conservation and research grants program. Awards are granted to organizations or individuals for specific conservation or research projects dealing with tortoises or freshwater turtles, but not marine turtles, with either partial or full support as funding allows. Awards at the present time are approximately in the $2000 to $5000 range per project, with occasional funding up to $10,000.
Priority for funding is given to projects that focus on species that are already highly threatened (Critically Endangered or Endangered) as determined by the IUCN Red List ( 
TCF?s highest priority species targeted for funding are listed below.
We welcome proposals for the conservation of species other than those listed, provided a convincing rationale is included why the species? conservation status merits funding from the TCF.
Award recipients enter into contractual agreement with one of our partner organizations (Conservation International, Chelonian Research Foundation or EAZA Shellshock Campaign) to produce the proposed work.  Award recipients are also encouraged to publish at least partial results of the supported research in the international scientific turtle journal, Chelonian Conservation and Biology, published by TCF Alliance Partner Chelonian Research Foundation (CRF;
For further information and application guidelines go to
TCF Priority Species List

  • Apalone spinifera ater
  • Astrochelys radiata
  • Astrochelys yniphora
  • Batagur affinis (southern Malay Peninsula and Sumatra)
  • Batagur baska (northeastern India and Bangladesh, perhaps into Myanmar)
  • Batagur borneoensis
  • Batagur kachuga
  • Batagur trivittata
  • Chelodina mccordi
  • Chitra chitra
  • Chitra indica
  • Chitra vandijki
  • Cuora aurocapitata
  • Cuora bourreti
  • Cuora glabinifrons
  • Cuora mccordi
  • Cuora pani
  • Cuora picturata
  • Cuora trifasciata
  • Cuora yunnanensis
  • Cuora zhoui
  • Dermatemys mawii
  • Elusor macrurus
  • Erymnochelys madagascariensis
  • Geochelone platynota
  • Heosemys depressa
  • Leucocephalon yuwonoi
  • Mauremys annamensis
  • Nilssonia lethii
  • Nilssonia nigricans
  • Pelochelys bibroni
  • Pelochelys cantori
  • Pelochelys signifera
  • Podocnemis lewyana
  • Psammobates geometricus 
  • Pseudemydura umbrina
  • Pyxis arachnoides
  • Pyxis planicauda
  • Rafetus swinhoei
  • Siebenrockiella leytensis
  • Terrapene coahuila
  • Testudo kleinmanni