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.