The Gulf Coast Turtle & Tortoise Society (GCTTS) is an all volunteer organization that is a state and federally licensed non-profit organization that was founded in 1994 by a group in the Houston area concerned with the plight of turtles and tortoises. We are recognized by the Houston Zoo, Jesse Jones Park, Armand Bayou Nature Center, the Houston Arboretum, the Houston SPCA, and local reptile veterinarians Larry White DVM, Dale Lonsford, DVM and Robin Scott, DVM.

The Gulf Coast Turtle and Tortoise Society is actively working to fulfill the
following goals:

  • Provide a turtle and tortoise rescue, rehabilitation, and release operation
    in cooperation with other wildlife rescue organizations and turtle and tortoise
  • Educate ourselves and the public, through public presentations and meetings,
    about all aspects of turtle and tortoise care, natural history, and conservation.
  • Disseminate the best available information regarding the proper captive husbandry
    of turtles and tortoises.
  • Disseminate information concerning the plight of wild turtles and tortoises
    and effective efforts to help them.
  • Provide an adoption service to our members for captive turtles and tortoises
    that need new homes.
  • Encourage captive breeding programs for turtles and tortoises with a special
    emphasis on those species that are threatened by habitat destruction and share
    our experiences in this area.
  • Work to make captive bred turtles and tortoises available as an alternative
    to the trade in wild caught turtles and tortoises.
  • Serve as a cooperative to obtain discounts for our members on captive care products
    and supplies.

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