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Tortoise Trust Foundation Course in Tortoise and Turtle Care

​Tortoise Trust Foundation Course

The Tortoise Trust Institute for Chelonian Education is an initiative established to deliver high quality education on tortoise and turtle maintenance and captive reproduction worldwide. As part of Tortoise Trust International, you can rely completely upon the quality and the integrity of the education and training we offer. From absolute beginner to advanced keeper or professional, the Tortoise Trust Institute for Chelonian Education can provide you with the information and training you need to develop both your theoretical knowledge and your practical skills.

In addition to on-line courses, we also have an extensive program of Master Classes and Practical Workshops with renowned chelonian experts and authors, including A. C. Highfield, author of the ‘Practical Encyclopedia of Keeping and Breeding Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles’. These take place regularly in Europe, in the United States, and occasionally in other areas.

In addition, we are developing a new program of field studies, where students taking our advanced level course or any module in our Master Class series can expand their knowledge of tortoises and turtles in nature and can develop effective field study skills. The Institute also offers independent training and consultancy services to breeding programs, zoological collections and conservation programs worldwide.

Finally, an important part of our mission is to make available specialist training to those working with chelonians in all parts of the world where regular sources of finance may not be available to fund such studies. We therefore offer scholarships and assisted places to selected candidates. If you are working in a wildlife rescue capacity, or in a conservation program in Africa, Asia, Central or Southern America you may qualify for an assisted or free place on one of our programs.

Pet keepers and enthusiasts taking our courses may like to know that by doing so, they are directly contributing to the provision of critically important subsidised services to those working in less privileged regions, where it is vital that people involved with wildlife rescue and captive breeding receive and adequate level of specialist education, training and support.

We look forward to welcoming you on one of our programs shortly; in whatever capacity you choose to participate.

If you are a new student who wishes to enrol in this course, please click the 'Register' button to record your details and sele​​​​ct your preferred method of payment.

What to do if You Find a Tortoise Abandoned in the Wild
Although tortoises can make great pets, there are times when they will be encountered within their natural habitat. Of course, stumbling across one of these slow-moving animals will shed little light on how it came to be there. Perhaps it was abandoned by its former owner or perhaps it has existed in the wild since its birth. The main question involves what steps you should take (if any) if you happen to encounter one while hiking or bicycling. Let's take a quick look at some expert suggestions we well as when each one should be considered.

All About the Location

One of the things that we should first realise is that tortoises are equipped to survive in the outdoors. However, you will need to take into account where the animal was encountered. If you see one roaming around a safe place (such as in a secluded or a wooded area), leave it alone. Any tortoise that is removed from its natural environment will have a negative impact upon the nearby population, as these creatures take a long time to reproduce. Only interfere if the tortoise appears to be in danger due to its surroundings.  

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