Dr Peter Pritchard

The Institute was established in 1998 by Dr Peter Pritchard and features a research facility, library, offices, museum, residence for visiting scientists and a sanctuary. Learn more about Dr Pritchard.

Dedicated to the study and conservation of turtles and tortoises of the world.

We welcome all those interested in turtles and tortoises of the world to explore our website, learn about the Chelonian Research Institute in Oviedo, Florida and plan a visit.

Deriving from the Greek word chelone, which translates to turtle or tortoise, the Chelonian Research Institute is an international leader in research and conservation of turtles and tortoises of the world.

The Institute features a research facility, library, offices, museum, residence for visiting scientists and a sanctuary. Situated on a 10-acre forested urban oasis, the facility boasts a beautiful natural landscape, shared by nature’s wildlife, including wild turkeys, birds of prey, and several species of snakes.

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Researchers Gilson A. Rives Fuenmayor (left) and Professor Tito Barros (right) traveled from Venezuela to visit the Institute.

Scott Thomson, adjunct professor at Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo, visited the Institute for the second time to examine a collection of Chelid turtles.

Latest News

  • Kemp's Ridley Research Award 6.25.2012

    Peter was recognized at the Second-Annual International Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Symposium in Brownsville, TX, for his research on the species. Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles are endangered and considered the smallest sea turtle species in the world (weighing about 100 pounds in adulthood), and can be found throughout the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Atlantic seaboard.

Our Programs

Guyana

Ongoing marine turtle conservation

Galapagos Islands

Giant tortoise conservation

Vietnam

Ongoing marine turtle conservation

USA

Hosting Asian turtle scholars traveling on scholarship to visit American turtle research facilities.

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We rely on donations and grants to keep our programs at the Chelonian Research Institute running. Your contribution is greatly appreciated!

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