Chelonian Research Institute

402 South Central Ave, Oviedo, FL 32765

+1 (407) 365-6347

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

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The Chelonian Research Institute Mourns the Loss of its Founder, Dr. Peter Charles Howard Pritchard

A visionary in the world of conservation.  A man of immense intellect, integrity and a source of inspiration around the globe.  We are committed to continuing his legacy and join a global community of scientists, researchers and friends in honoring a man who has made an indelible impression on the world through his life’s work.

A Date Will Soon Be Announced for a Tribute Celebration

Dr. Peter C.H. Pritchard
June 26, 1943 – February 25, 2020

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Founded in 1997 and located in Oviedo, situated on a 10-acre, well-forested urban oasis, the campus includes: offices, library, a museum – also open to the public - and accommodations for visiting scholars, students and dignitaries

The institute is home to 14,500 catalogued specimens - the world’s third-largest turtle and tortoise museum collection (third only to Carnegie Museum and the Smithsonian)

Turtles from every continent are represented at the Institute. 270 of the world’s 300 recognized species of turtles – including every known genus of chelonians – are represented at the Institute

Has hosted researchers and scientists from countries including: Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Senegal, Venezuela, Vietnam, China Hungary, Myan Mar and the United States

Is regarded as one of the world’s leading institutions on the research and conservation of turtles

The Smithsonian Institute regularly refers scientists to the Chelonian Research Institute for access to large series of turtle specimens from almost any part of the world. In addition it showcases an impressive assortment of turtle artwork, from classical engravings to contemporary original works.

In the news - Lost Giant Tortoise may be Found.