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CONSERVATION

While we firmly believe in the preservation of them under captive conditions, we also recognize the importance of protecting them in their natural, wild habitats. We have been fortunate enough to be directly involved with reptile conservation in the state of New Jersey. Take a look at some of our work.

The conservation of turtles and tortoises is needed more than ever in today's world. So many species are threatened or endangered with some being critically endangered or facing extinction. 

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The Terrapin Conservation Initiative was founded in 2017 by Chris and Casey Leone with the purpose of protecting northern diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin terrapin) and their nests. 

TERRAPIN CONSERVATION INITIATIVE

In 2019 Chris joined New Jersey Fish and Wildlife's Venomous Snake Response Team. The team aims to respond to calls from concerned NJ residents that may or may not have come in close contact with native, potentially harmful snake species like the timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) and the northern copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix).

VENOMOUS SNAKE RESPONSE TEAM

ABOUT GARDEN STATE TORTOISE

Garden State Tortoise was founded in 2011 by Chris and Casey Leone. Nestled along the southern shore of New Jersey, GST acts as a breeding facility, rescue and permanent home to turtles and tortoises from all over Mother Earth. In over 30 years of working hands on with such a highly threatened group of vertebrates, the Leones aim to unite conservation and preservation efforts through educating the world that both are needed to truly save them from extinction. 

 

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