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"Chris Leone, owner/operator of Garden State Tortoise LLC, has successfully kept and bred over 80 species/subspecies of turtles and tortoises for more than twenty years. He is the Director of Animal Husbandry for theTurtleRoom. At this facility, one of the most diverse collections of these creatures in the USA is maintained on a 24/7 basis. This includes the largest collection of Testudo species found anywhere. Chris’ work does not stop with keeping and breeding but further extends into the public community via helping local zoos, organizations and fish and wildlife agencies. He is also an active contributor/author to Reptiles Magazine, Testudo Edizioni (Italy), ReptileApartment.com, TortoiseForum.org, The Reptile Report and various social media networks globally. He and his wife Casey run the Terrapin Conservation Initiative in an attempt to save south Jersey diamondback terrapins. In addition to this, Chris has also done extensive work regarding geographical variation and DNA research in Testudo species. He is a member of the Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group, The Turtle Survival Alliance, The Association of Zoos & Aquariums and is in close contact with many chelonian organizations world wide. In recent years, Chris was awarded "Chelonia Breeder of the Year" by the Reptile Report."
This site was created with the intention of offering the community a safe and sure place for the most up to date information concerning the care and natural history of the world's turtles and tortoises. It is also a place for interested parties to view and learn about species projects pertaining to theTurtleRoom since this is theTurtleRoom's Assurance Facility. This site's purpose is to open new eyes to the fascinating relm of these magnificent creatures and to further keep the interest of those already involved. Education through conservation and captive breeding is the only way to truly help our planet's turtle and tortoise species. Although they may be here today, who's to say they won't be gone tomorrow?
Please enjoy this site, its continued growth and all we have to offer to the community, but mostly, these remarkable animals.
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