Come and study with us

Scientists who require access to comprehensive series of turtle specimens can study at the Chelonian Research Institute. We have more than 13,000 catalogued specimens – the world’s third largest turtle and tortoise museum collection – including 270 of the world’s 300 recognized species of turtles. Every living genus of chelonians is represented here.

The collections have attracted scientists from around the globe including turtle experts from Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Senegal, Venezuela and Vietnam, as well as researchers from all over the US.

A redfoot tortoise in the Institute sanctuary.

Here, scholars have access to a world-class scientific library; extensive map, slide, and video collections; 16 mm films; and and eclectic assortment of turtle artwork ranging from classical engravings to contemporary original art, posters and curiosities.

A leatherback turtle arriving on the nesting beach in Guyana.

Visitors undertaking original scientific research utilizing the collections can usually be accommodated in Institute housing.


For inquiries about studying at the Institute please call +1 (407) 365-6347 or email chelonianri@gmail.com

About the Institute

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.

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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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We are a private, 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation. You will receive a tax receipt for any donation made to CRI.